The Masked Menace (1927)

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Based on the magazine story "Still Face" by pulp writer Clarence Buddington Kelland, The Masked Menace, released by the Pathé organization in ten chapters in October of 1927, proved a flop at the box office despite an unusual plot that had Keats Dodd (Larry Kent) coming to the aid of an elderly woman (Laura Alberta) and her pretty ward, Faith (Jean Arthur), whose mill is terrorized by a masked villain known only as "Still Face." The criminal's identity is finally revealed in the tenth chapter, entitled, not too surprisingly, "The Menace Unmasked." A very young and still brunette Jean Arthur had just been signed by Paramount when she appeared in this serial, which also featured Tom Holding, John F. Hamilton, William Norton Bailey, and Edward Roseman.