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The Unknown Purple

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Genre  Mystery
Screenplay  Roland West
Director  Roland West
Adapted from  The Invisible Man
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Country  United States
The Unknown Purple Roland West 1923 SciFiMovies
Language  Silent (English intertitles)
Writer  Paul Schofield, Alfred A. Cohn, intertitles
Release date  1923 (1923)
Cast  Stuart Holmes, Helen Ferguson, Henry B Walthall, Alice Lake, Johnny Arthur
Similar movies  Related Roland West movies

The Unknown Purple is a lost 1923 American silent science fiction film, written and directed by Roland West.

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Plot

After his release from prison, an inventor develops an eerie purple light that renders him invisible, enabling him to seek revenge on his unfaithful wife and his crooked business partner.

Production

Film historian Scott MacQueen cited "The Vanishing Men", a treatment West had targeted for film in 1921 as the inspiration for the film. The film was adapted from a stage play which was written by Roland West and Carlyle Moore. Comedian Johnny Arthur made his feature-length debut in The Unknown Purple.

Cast

  • Henry B. Walthall as Peter Marchmont
  • Alice Lake as Jewel Marchmont
  • Stuart Holmes as James Dawson
  • Helen Ferguson as Ruth Marsh
  • Frankie Lee as Bobbie
  • Dorothy Phillips as Mrs. Freddie Goodlittle
  • Ethel Grey Terry as Leslie Bradbury
  • James Morrison as Leslie Bradbury
  • Johnny Arthur as Freddie Goodlittle
  • Richard Wayne as George Allison
  • Brinsley Shaw as Hawkins
  • Mike Donlin as Burton
  • Release

    The Unknown Purple was released in October 1923.

    Reception

    In a contemporary review, Variety described the film as an "exceptionally well-made picture - among the best of its type - a mystery." The review praised the photography of Oliver Marsh and the acting by Henry Walthall and Alice Lake.

    References

    The Unknown Purple Wikipedia
    The Unknown Purple IMDb


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