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The Wakefield Case
Director: George Irving (Dir)
Release Date:   21 May 1921
Premiere Information:   Detroit premiere
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Herbert Rawlinson (Wakefield, Jr.)  
    John P. Wade (Wakefield, Sr.)  
    J. H. Gilmore (Gregg)  
    Charles Dalton (Richard Krogan)  
    Joseph Burke (James Krogan)  
    Jerry Austin (Bryson)  
    W. W. Black (Blaine)  
    H. L. Dewey (Briggs)  
    Florence Billings (Ruth Gregg [the Breen girl])  

Summary: A playwright, Wakefield, Jr., turns detective when his father is killed after nearly capturing two brothers in possession of four rubies belonging to the British Museum. An investigation suggests that "the Breen girl" is responsible for Wakefield's death, and the younger Wakefield pursues her across the ocean to the United States. The true identity of several characters, including the robbers and the girl, is in constant question, but Wakefield finally gets to the culprits; solves his case; and learns that Ruth Gregg, with whom he has fallen in love, is not only "the Breen girl," but actually was posing as a gang member for the Secret Service. 

Production Company: Weber-World  
Distribution Company: World Film Corp.  
Director: George Irving (Dir)
Writer: Shannon Fife (Scen)
  Mrs. L. Case Russell (Story)
Photography: William S. Adams (Dir of photog)
  Walter Young (Dir of photog)
Country: United States

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Genre: Mystery
  Melodrama
  Mystery
 
Subjects (Major): British Museum (London, England)
  Detectives
  Gangs
  Mistaken identity
  Murder
  Playwrights
  Secret Service
  Theft

Note: Sources disagree on the photography credit; actual responsibility has not been determined. 

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