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The Dazzling Miss Davison
Director: Frank Powell (Dir)
Release Date:   18 Jun 1917
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Marjorie Rambeau (Rachel, the Dazzling Miss Davison)  
    Fred Williams (Miss Davison's guiding light)  
    Aubrey Beattie (Miss Davison's shadow)  
    Agnes Eyre (Lillian, Miss Davison's sister)  
    Robert Elliott (Gerard Buckland)  
    Winifred Harris (Mrs. Jennings)  
    Frank Ford (Arthur Jennings)  
    Lillian Page (Mrs. Van Santen)  
    Ruth Byron (Cora, her daughter)  
    Dore Flowden (Delia, her daughter)  
    Bert Starkey (Harry, her son)  
    T. Jerome Lawlor (Denver, her son)  
    George Paige (Her husband)  

Summary: Gerard Buckland, a young society man, sees a pretty girl on the street. While speculating on her family connections, he sees a shady-looking man hand the girl a diamond necklace, which she conceals before vanishing into the crowd. Later, at the home of a friend, he is amazed to meet the girl, who is as charming in conversation as she is in appearance and manner. To entertain her friends, she picks their pockets with professional skill, later returning the property with laughter. Miss Davison claims to be employed as a designer, but Buckland becomes convinced that she is either a kleptomaniac or an accomplice of the elderly man he often sees her meet. Miss Davison is neither of these, however, but is instead the best woman detective in New York. The mysterious old man is, in fact, her chief. The truth comes out at the Van Santen party when Miss Davison reveals herself as a detective and exposes the Van Santens as international crooks who have been preying on the rich. They are brought to justice through evidence gleaned by Miss Davison; and Buckland, radically revising his opinion of her, begins an ardent courtship. 

Production Company: Frank Powell Producing Corp.  
Distribution Company: Mutual Film Corp.; A Mutual Star Production  
Director: Frank Powell (Dir)
Producer: Frank Powell (Pres)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the novel The Dazzling Miss Davison by Florence Warden (London, 1908).
Authors: Florence Warden

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Genre: Mystery
 
Subjects (Major): Detectives
  Socialites
 
Subjects (Minor): Jewelry
  Kleptomania
  New York City
  Parties
  Pickpockets
  Thieves

Note: The actress Agnes Eyre was also known as Agnes Ayres. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   23 Jun 17   p. 194.
Motog   23 Jun 17   p. 1341.
MPN   30 Jun 17   p. 4111.
MPW   3 Nov 17   p. 760.

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