Winged Mystery (1917)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The Winged Mystery was supposed to have been taken seriously, but audiences and critics alike regarded the film as a laugh riot. Most of the story takes place in a grim country mansion, which serves as an "airstrip" for a collection of carrier pigeons. Each time one of the pigeons takes flight, its course is charted by a flashlight, wielded by a sinister Man of Mystery. Hero Franklin Farnum, attending a weekend party held at the mansion, tries to figure out the purpose behind all this aviary traffic. A few explosions and fistfights later, the mystery is solved. The highlight of The Winged Mystery was a knock-down, drag-out fight between the heroine and a slinky villainess; it wasn't much of highlight, true, but it was better than nothing.