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Lot of 2 (two) vintage original 5 x 7. in. US single-weight glossy black-and-white photographs from the lost teens secret weapon-themed silent film action drama, THE FLYING TORPEDO, released in 1916 by Triangle Distributing Corp. and directed by John B. O'Brien with action scenes directed by Christy Cabanne.


Affixed to an album page if the first of two photographs, which depicts an exterior scene of three masked men, all dressed in black, as they prowl around and look at something off-camera. Affixed to the other side of the page is a scene depicting a U.S. Army tank as one soldier looks through a pair of binoculars while the other six work as a team at some task.


These vintage original photographs came from a large collection of original silent film photographs from the Triangle Film Corporation. These two were mounted in an album and are in overall fine condition as shown with random areas of light waviness. The photograph with the tank has the right border trimmed.


*"The Flying Torpedo is a 1916 American silent drama directed by John B. O'Brien and Christy Cabanne. It was produced by the Fine Arts Film Company and distributed by the Triangle Film Corporation. The film was written by John Emerson (who also stars), Robert M. Baker and D. W. Griffith (who was not credited). The film is now considered lost. John Emerson had previously portrayed the role of Winthrop Clavering in the play The Conspiracy, from December 1912 to March 1914.


The film was produced by D. W. Griffith's film production company Fine Arts and was distributed by Triangle Film Corporation. Griffith also helped to write the film's scenario with lead John Emerson and Robert Baker. Griffith was also responsible for casting a teenage Bessie Love in the film whom he discovered and cast in several of his films in 1915. Filming began in July 1915 under the working title The Scarlet Band. Christy Cabanne directed the battle sequences.


In 1921, novelist Winthrop Clavering (Emerson), known as "The World's Greatest Detective", befriends young inventor Bartholomew Thompson (Spottiswoode Aitken), who has just invented a radio controlled flying bomb (weaponry that would come to be known as guided missiles). Bartholomew is soon murdered by spies, described as "yellow men from the East" in the film, who steal his new invention. Clavering and his Swedish maid Hulda (Bessie Love) set out to find the spies who have been invading the United States. Clavering and Hulda catch up with spies just as they invade California and force them out of the country with the same device they stole."

*(source: Wikipedia)



THE FLYING TORPEDO (1916) Lot of Two 5x7 Photographs 03-04

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