The House of Hate (1918)

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Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein

The queen of the silent chapterplays, Pearl White battled both greedy relatives and a mysterious enemy known only as The Hooded Terror in this Pathé serial, released in, as the advertising promised, "20 stirring chapters." White is the heir to a munitions plant and in love with scientist Harry Gresham (Antonio Moreno). But to keep the factory in the family, she must marry a less than desirable cousin, and, to complicate matters further, another cousin, the cruel Naomi (Peggy Shanor), has designs on the handsome Gresham as well. And then there's The Hooded Terror, out to destroy the Walden munitions plant for his own reasons. As always, however, Pearl White survives her perils in fine style and with most of her sanity in check. Louis Wolheim, so memorable later as the amiable Sgt. Katczinsky in All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), had a small part in this serial as one of the Terror's henchmen.