The Crimson Stain Mystery

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The Crimson Stain Mystery
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Film poster; chapter #11
Directed by T. Hayes Hunter
Written by Albert Payson Terhune and Doty Hobart
Starring Maurice Costello
Ethel Grandin
Distributed by Metro Pictures
Release date
  • August 21, 1916 (1916-08-21)
Running time
16 episodes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent with English intertitles
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The Crimson Stain Mystery is a 1916 American horror film serial directed by T. Hayes Hunter. [1] The Crimson Stain Mystery was poorly received upon release. [2] Prints and/or fragments were found in the Dawson Film Find in 1978. [3]



In this serial, Dr. Burton Montrose, a scientist, has developed a formula which he believes will make ordinary people into geniuses. He experiments on several subjects and, to his horror, finds that it instead creates wicked criminals. The resulting band of murderers and thieves is led by the evil Pierre La Rue, also known as the Crimson Stain for his luminous, red-rimmed eyes. He and his gang terrorize New York City. They are pursued by Layton Parrish, a detective, and by Harold Stanley, editor of the Examiner newspaper, who has vowed vengeance for his father's murder. Aiding Stanley are his friend, Robert Clayton, and his sweetheart, Florence Montrose, Dr. Montrose's daughter. Neither she nor anyone else knows the mysterious Crimson Stain to be none other than the doctor himself, subject of his own experiments.


Chapter titles

  1. The Brand of Satan
  2. In The Demon's Spell
  3. The Broken Spell
  4. The Mysterious Disappearance [4]
  5. The Figure In Black
  6. The Phantom Image
  7. The Devil's Symphony
  8. In The Shadow of Death
  9. The Haunting Spectre
  10. The Infernal Fiend
  11. The Tortured Soul
  12. The Restless Spirit
  13. Despoiling Brutes
  14. The Bloodhound
  15. The Human Tiger
  16. The Unmasking

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  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: The Crimson Stain Mystery". Silent Era. Retrieved February 23, 2008.
  2. Stedman, Raymond William (1971). "2. The Perils of Success" . Serials: Suspense and Drama By Installment. University of Oklahoma Press. p.  37. ISBN   978-0-8061-0927-5.
  3. "Frozen in Time: Looking at the Dawson City Archive Collection, 1913-1919". Retrieved March 3, 2022.
  4. archived lobby art; for #4 episode The Mysterious Disappearance