The Silent Code (1935)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Release Date - Jun 22, 1935 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Poverty Row company Stage and Screen was somewhat partial to Northwest Mounted melodramas, releasing three films in the genre in 1935. The Silent Code starred the tough-looking Kane Richmond as Jerry Hale, a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman transferred to a lonely outpost run by the greedy Peter Barkley (Barney Furey). When Barkley's brother-in-law, a prospector (Edward Coxen, is murdered over the claim to a valuable strike, the killer frames officer Hale. The murdered man's daughter, Helen (Blanche Mehaffey), initially believes the mountie to be guilty, but she is convinced otherwise by some tell-tale beads left on the body by the killer, Barkley's henchman Lobo (Carl Matthews). Nothing out of the ordinary, The Silent Code was at least more professionally assembled than Stage and Screen's two other Northwest thrillers of 1935: Timber Terrors and Courage of the North, both of which starred a non-entity named John Preston.

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false-accusation, frame-up, killing, mine, mounted-police, Mountie (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), murder