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By the Sun’s Rays (1914)

US 11m, Silent, B&W
Director: Charles Giblyn; Cast: Murdock MacQuarrie, Lon Chaney, Seymour Hastings, Agnes Vernon, Dick Rosson

by_the_suns_raysBy the Sun’s Rays is a generally unremarkable silent western short that is believed to be the earliest known surviving film in which Lon Chaney appears. As the archetypical silent era villain, Chaney is Frank Lawler, a corrupt clerk working for a mining company who tips off bandits about the movements of gold shipments originating from his office. Losing one to many shipments, the Deep River Mining Company hires a detective who must not only get to the bottom of the robberies, but save the girl from Lawler’s unwanted advances. Though second-billed, Chaney’s menacing performance stands apart from the otherwise ordinary cast and foreshadows his successful career (Klaus Ming March 2015).


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This entry was posted on 03/03/2015 by in 1910s, All, Unlisted and tagged .
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