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Inside the Lines
Director: David M. Hartford (Dir)
Release Date:   26 Aug 1918
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Lewis S. Stone ("1932," also known as Captain Cavendish)  
    Marguerite Clayton (Jane Gerson)  
    George Field (Jaimihr)  
    Arthur Allardt (Billy Capper)  
    David M. Hartford (Dr. Emil Koch)  
    Joseph Singleton (Major General Crandall)  
    Helen Dunbar (Mrs. Crandall)  
    Willard Wayne (Captain Woodhouse)  
    William Durall (Joseph Almer)  
    Fritz von Hardenburg (Karl Hellinger)  
    Nicholas Cogley (Henry Sherman)  
    Ida Lewis (Mrs. Henry Sherman)  
    Carl Herlinger    

Summary: During World War I, a spy known as "1932" is commissioned by the German Secret Service to trail English agent Captain Woodhouse to the Straits of Gibraltar and there effect the destruction of the British fleet. Before his departure, 1932 helps Jane Gerson, an American girl falsely accused of espionage, and later falls in love with her. In Egypt, 1932 secures Woodhouse's clothes and identification and proceeds to Gibraltar. The governor of Gibraltar is led to suspect "Woodhouse" by British agent Billy Capper and Jane, who is his houseguest. In the end, Jaimihr, a Turkish servant employed by the governor, is revealed as the true German agent, and 1932 is identified as Captain Cavendish of the British Intelligence Bureau, who is now free to turn his attention to Jane. 

Production Company: Delcah Photoplays, Inc.; Pyramid Film Corp.  
Distribution Company: World Film Corp.  
Director: David M. Hartford (Dir)
Writer: Monte M. Katterjohn (Scen)
Photography: Walter L. Griffin (Cam)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the play Inside the Lines by Earl Derr Biggers (New York, 9 Feb 1915).
Authors: Earl Derr Biggers

Physical Properties: b&w:

Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Espionage
  World War I
Subjects (Major): Americans in foreign countries
  Germany. Secret Service
  Great Britain. Secret Service
  Impersonation and imposture
Subjects (Minor): Egypt
  False accusations
  Great Britain. Navy
  World War I

Note: A review for this film in Feb 1918 states that it was the first film produced by Delcah Photoplays, Inc. No information has been located concerning the film's release at that time. World Film Corp. acquired the film, which they stated was originally intended for the state rights market, and released it on 26 Aug 1918. Reviews at that time stated that Pyramid Film Corp. produced the film. One review states that it was presented by the Inter-Ocean Film Corp., which was a distributor of American films abroad. Some sources list the film as five reels in length. The play also was the basis for the 1930 RKO film Inside the Lines , which starred Betty Compson and was directed by Roy G. Pomeroy (see entry below). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   23 Feb 18   p. 993.
ETR   24 Aug 18   p. 1015.
ETR   31 Aug 18   p. 1087.
MPN   11 Jan 19   p. 245.
MPW   24 Aug 18   p. 1154.
MPW   7 Sep 18   p. 1342, 1464
NYDM   24 Aug 18   p. 275.
Variety   16 Aug 18   p. 35.
Wid's   1 Sep 18   p. 15.

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