Starring James Kirkwood and Lila Lee
October 15, 1927

"The Million Dollar Mystery" was first put into pictures many years ago by Mutual; it was in a serial form. The serial made a hit at that time, making money for every exhibitor that played it. Evidently Rayart, in putting it into pictures, hoped that it would duplicate that success. It is doubtful, however, if the present version will mean to the box office any more than what a pretty good program picture usually means. Its quality is of a fair grade. There are a few thrills in it, and the interest is held fairly tight all the way through. The spectator naturally wants to know what had become of the million dollars that had been accumulated by the heroine's father, his purpose being to turn it over to his daughter (heroine); when she grew up. The fact that one of the Black Hundred, a society of thieves, turns out to be a Secret Service man (the part is taken by James Kirkwood, as the hero) is a distinct surprise to the spectator, who all along takes him for a crook. Some of the thrills are caused by the sight of the crooks chasing the supposed father of the heroine in an aeroplane; the man that was escaping in an aeroplane was really the heroine's father's butler, his flight being a ruse to save the heroine's father from falling into the hands of the crooks. Some of the thrills are caused by a fight between the hero and the crooks, who had caught the hero in what they thought a double-crossing act. The plot is from Harold McGrath's novel; it has been directed by Charles J. Hunt.
The fact that the name of Harold McGrath is popular among the readers of novels and in the literary world may help the picture to draw more than the average good program picture usually draws.

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