The Iron Man (1924)

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Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein

Italian strongman Lucien Albertini was the nominal star of this action serial released in 15 chapters by Universal, but most of the attention went to supporting player Joe Bonomo, who was well on his way to serial stardom himself. Albertini played Paul Breen, a Paris reporter attempting to solve the case of American heiress Arlene Graham (Margaret Morris), who vanishes en route to New York. Villainous Jules Despaed (Jean De Briac) passes his girlfriend Mimi (Lola Todd) off as the missing Arlene, but Paul is on to him and the game is up in chapter 15, "The Confession." A strongman himself, Bonomo was cast as De Briac's henchman and did well enough for Universal to star him in the following year's The Circus Mystery. Directed by action specialist Jay Marchant, The Iron Man also featured former serial star Jack Daugherty, Rose Dione, Jack Pratt, and William Welsh.