The Invisible Government (1913)

The scene opens in the Croesus Club. John Drexel is discovered reading a paper, which intimates the existence of "The Invisible Government" and its pernicious activities, and stamps his ... See full summary »

Director:

Oscar Eagle

Writer:

Gilson Willets
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Cast

Cast overview:
Thomas Carrigan ... John Street - the Detective
Frank Weed ... Pendleton - the Invisible Boss
Jack Nelson ... Percy - Pendleton's Son
Palmer Bowman Palmer Bowman ... 1st Politician
Thomas Flynn Thomas Flynn ... 2nd Politician
Clifford Bruce ... John Drexel - Lawyer
Alma Russell Alma Russell ... Mary - Drexel's Daughter
Adrienne Kroell ... Margaret - Drexel's Niece
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The scene opens in the Croesus Club. John Drexel is discovered reading a paper, which intimates the existence of "The Invisible Government" and its pernicious activities, and stamps his foot hard, declaring, "It must he discovered and suppressed." He immediately consults with the great detective, John Street. The next scene goes to Pendelton's headquarters, Pendelton being the unscrupulous political "boss." and they are about to levy "the usual defense fund." Another scene flashes and shows Pendelton sending out his henchman to kill the "corruption inquiry bill" that dies abornin', mysteriously. This merely tempers the mettle of "The Man in the Street" to meet and overcome the unseen adversaries of law and order of the essential principles upon which the Republic is based, in the rule for and by the people. Percy Pendelton is a visitor in good standing at the Drexel mansion and is impulsively urging the romantic niece, Margaret, of that wealthy house to marry him. In order to make ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1913 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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There is very little that is probable
25 November 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

There is very little that is probable in the story told by this picture; but our interest is kept awake; for with such perfect photography and such careful handling, especially as to staging, it could not be wholly a failure. The players also help it much by their unconstrained acting. They are as natural as the script would let them be, but the script is very unconvincing. This is the second of the "Man in the Street" stories and, while it is a complete story, it assumes that the spectator has seen the former and will understand that the "Man" is a detective. We heard one spectator ask whether he were the District Attorney, which, in the early scenes he seemed to be. Thomas Carrigan carries the detective's role as well as in the first of the series. Frank Weed, as the "Invisible boss," and Jack Nellson, as his son. also do well; the affection of these two, which convinces, is the story's biggest asset. Oscar Eagle produced it. - The Moving Picture World, October 11, 1913


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