Masquerade (1929)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The second version of Louis Joseph Vance's 1907 mystery melodrama The Brass Bowl, this early talkie featured stage actor Alan Birmingham as wealthy world traveler Dan Maitland and his evil lookalike, the master criminal Anisty. Leila Hyams played Sylvia Graeme, whose father Andrew (George Pierce) is in jail due to some incriminating papers which Sylvia believes are being kept in a safe belonging to Maitland. Both Maitland and his doppelg√£nger arrive on the scene and soon one is impersonating the other, and vice versa, in a confusing game of "who's got the papers." In the end, Sylvia helps bring about Anisty's downfall, saving her father and falling in love with Maitland along the way. Masquerade had been filmed twice earlier under its original title, in 1914 featuring early action star Benjamin F. Wilson and in 1924 starring Edmund Lowe.

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detective, father, frame-up, investigation, prison, private-detective