John Needham's Double (1916)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Tyrone Power Sr., the father of you-know-who, made quite a meal of his dual role in the Bluebird production John Needham's Double. Based on a play by Joseph Hatton, the story concerns dissipated nobleman Lord John Needham (Power), who is appointed guardian of rich young Thomas Creighton (Buster Emmons. It doesn't take long for Lord John to squander the vast fortune which was supposed to go to Thomas when the boy came of age. Desperate to cover his losses, Lord John resorts to murder then tries to pin the crime on his look-alike Joseph Norbury (also played by Power). Husband-and-wife directors Phillips Smalley and Lois Weber did what they could to cover up the logic gaps in this familiar yarn, which had for many years served as a theatrical vehicle for E.S. Willard.

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fortune [wealth], killing, nobility, secrets