Center of the Web
(Two reels of 1,870 feet, December 1, 1914)
Directed by John Harvey. Scenario by Philip Lonergan.
Cast: Claire Droell (Ida Dean, the counterfeiter’s secret accomplice), Frank
Wood (John Linton, the Secret Service agent), Sam Niblack (George Morley,
the counterfeiter), George Niblack, Marguerite Loveridge (the old clerk’s
daughter), Nolan Gane, 13 police dogs.
Original music composed and performed by
Who Let the Dogs Out? Thirty German police dogs are the
heroes of this crime drama centered on the round up of a gang of
A counterfeiting gang is foiled by police, and the action-chase takes up
almost all of the second reel. The real stars of the chase are the agile and
determined police dogs. This is a rather conservative example of late-1914
film style with only a couple of interesting camera set-ups and
compositions, few dialogue titles (almost all title cards merely announce
the action of the next scene), and no identification of the actors. It
succeeds on a strong story line to exploit the three sure-fire elements of
crime, chase, and animals. A rare and technically difficult process inset is
used to enhance the drama and to do what silent movies do best—replace words
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