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The Iron Claw

Released Feb 28, 1916 7h 20m Action Adventure List
100% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 100% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
Leaving the character of Elaine behind after three successful serials, Pearl White played Margery Golden in The Iron Claw, the enterprising Pathé company's best chapterplay of 1916. Poor Margery is kidnapped as a small child by Legar, the Iron Claw of the title (played, according to surviving reviews, with relish by Sheldon Lewis), who is avenging the loss of one hand in a fight with Margery's father (J.E. Dunn). The girl grows up among thieves and is about to embark on a life of crime herself when rescued by a mystery hero known only as the Laughing Mask. The Iron Claw doesn't give up that easily, however, and continues to pursue poor Margery through 20 heart-palpitating chapters. Only in the final episode, "The Triumph of the Laughing Mask," did the audience learn the identity of the mystery hero, who proved to be none other than Margery's nice but seemingly placid boyfriend Davey (Creighton Hale). Read More Read Less

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NZ Herald Staff New Zealand Herald [The Iron Claw] is proving very popular, and judging from the first episodes should unfold an interesting story. Many good artists are appearing, and the story is set amidst artistic surroundings. Nov 7, 2020 Full Review Harvey E. Thew Motion Picture News The newest Pathe serial has performed its first duty admirably : it has aroused the interest, and has kept it in suspension. The story promises to be an absorbing one, and it is so presented as to make all of its points tell. Nov 4, 2020 Full Review Margaret I. MacDonald Moving Picture World The flood scenes are tremendously realistic, and the entire episode is full of stirring action, giving promise of interesting developments to follow. Nov 4, 2020 Full Review Genevieve Harris Motography As a beginning for a serial of mystery and thrills, danger and romance, it would be hard to find a better installment than the first chapter of The Iron Claw. Nov 4, 2020 Full Review Julian Johnson Photoplay This is a good serial, of its kind. Nov 4, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Leaving the character of Elaine behind after three successful serials, Pearl White played Margery Golden in The Iron Claw, the enterprising Pathé company's best chapterplay of 1916. Poor Margery is kidnapped as a small child by Legar, the Iron Claw of the title (played, according to surviving reviews, with relish by Sheldon Lewis), who is avenging the loss of one hand in a fight with Margery's father (J.E. Dunn). The girl grows up among thieves and is about to embark on a life of crime herself when rescued by a mystery hero known only as the Laughing Mask. The Iron Claw doesn't give up that easily, however, and continues to pursue poor Margery through 20 heart-palpitating chapters. Only in the final episode, "The Triumph of the Laughing Mask," did the audience learn the identity of the mystery hero, who proved to be none other than Margery's nice but seemingly placid boyfriend Davey (Creighton Hale).
Director
Edward José, George B. Seitz
Producer
Edward José
Screenwriter
George B. Seitz
Production Co
Edward José Productions
Genre
Action, Adventure
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Feb 28, 1916, Limited
Runtime
7h 20m