Reed Case (1917)

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Allen Holubar pulled double duty as star and director of Universal's The Reed Case. Holubar is cast as master detective Jeffrey Brenon, who closes up his Manhattan office to take a nice, long vacation. But no sooner has Brenon reached his resort-community destination than he is sucked into another mysterious mystery, this one involving Helen Reed (Louise Lovely), the kidnapped daughter of millionaire John Reed (George Pearce). Volunteering to deliver the ransom money, Brenon manages to locate the mountain hideaway where the girl is being held, and after making short work of the kidnappers he claims his reward, which in this case turns out to be Helen's hand in marriage. Broken-nosed Edwin Brady, future thug, henchman and general hanger-on in many a talkie crime film, was in his element as "Red," the leader of the crooks.