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The Carpet from Bagdad
Director: Colin Campbell (Dir)
Release Date:   3 May 1915
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Kathlyn Williams (Fortune Chedsoye)  
    Wheeler Oakman (George P. A. Jones)  
    Guy Oliver (Horace Wadsworth, alias Ryanne)  
    Eugenie Besserer (Mrs. Chedsoye)  
    Frank Clark (Major Callahan)  
    Charles Clary (Mohamed)  
    Harry Lonsdale (Arthur Wadsworth)  
    Fred Huntley (Wallace)  

Summary: Mohamed, the Pasha's servant, is entrusted to guard the Sacred Carpet of Bagdad with his life. In New York, after banker Arthur Wadsworth forces his brother Horace to give up his inheritance, Horace joins a band of crooks and plans to rob the Wadsworth Bank by tunneling from the adjacent home of antique dealer George P. A. Jones. The gang follows Jones to Egypt and Bagdad, where Horace steals the carpet and sells it to Jones. Fortune Chedsoye, the innocent daughter of a gang member, falls in love with Jones. When Fortune discovers that Mohamed plans to kill Jones to retrieve the rug, she hides it with her mother's belongings. Mohamed forces Jones, Wadsworth, and Fortune into the desert, but they escape his torture during a sandstorm. Wadsworth then rejoins the gang at Jones' home in New York. When Fortune and Jones catch the crooks tunneling, Jones, sympathetically, gives them a two hour headstart before informing the police. Fortune and Jones keep the carpet, while in the East, Mohamed bows in resignation to Allah's will. 

Production Company: Selig Polyscope Co.  
Brand Name: Selig Red Seal Plays
Distribution Company: V-L-S-E, Inc.  
Director: Colin Campbell (Dir)
Writer: Harold MacGrath (Written by)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the novel The Carpet from Bagdad by Harold MacGrath (Indianapolis, 1911).
Authors: Harold MacGrath

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Selig Polyscope Co. 13/5/1915 dd/mm/yyyy LP5356

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Genre: Adventure
 
Subjects (Major): Adventures
  Americans in foreign countries
  Magic carpets
  Gangs
 
Subjects (Minor): Antique dealers
  Bagdad (Persia)
  Bank robberies
  Deserts
  Egypt
  New York City
  Sandstorms
  Theft
  Torture

Note: This was the first release of the Selig Polyscope Co. through V-L-S-E, Inc. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Motog   1 May 15   p. 686.
Motog   15 May 15   p. 779.
Motog   22 May 15   p. 857.
Motog   10 Jul 15   p. 200.
MPN   15 May 15   p. 63.
MPW   9 Jan 15   p. 198.
MPW   15 May 15   p. 1168, 1170
NYDM   12 May 15   p. 34.
Variety   14 May 15   p. 19.

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