Without Hope (1914)

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The Flamingo Film Company inaugurated its brief life-span with the 4-reel Without Hope. A comedy with melodramatic undertones, the film stars Harry Kendall as an adventuresome playwright. To pick up material for his latest play, Kendall poses as a waiter at a fancy restaurant. In a twinkling, he gets mixed up with a gang of sinister foreign agents, who hope to get their hands on a noiseless explosive device (gee, didn't Tom Clancy use this same plot approximately 75 years later?) Without Hope was produced and directed by former Keystone comedian Fred Mace, who died three years later under questionable circumstances.

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espionage, formula, impersonation, investigator, playwright, rescue, secrets, waiter, writing