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The Fortieth Door

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The Fortieth Door
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Directed byGeorge B. Seitz
Written byFrank Leon Smith
Based onThe Fortieth Door
by Mary Hastings Bradley
Produced byC. W. Patton
StarringAllene Ray
Bruce Gordon
CinematographyVernon L. Walker
Distributed byPathé Exchange
Release date
  • May 25, 1924 (1924-05-25)
Running time
10 episodes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Fortieth Door is a 1924 American adventure film serial directed by George B. Seitz and starring Allene Ray and Bruce Gordon. The film is considered to be lost.[1] The Library of Congress includes the film among the National Film Preservation Board's updated 2019 list of "7,200 Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films" produced between 1912 and 1929.[2][3]

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As described in a film magazine review,[4] this desert story concerns Jack Ryder, an American archeologist in Egypt, and Aimee, who is believed to be a Mohammedan. Jack falls in love with Aimee at a dance in a Cairo hotel. Her father agrees to betroth her to a swindling nobleman to keep from being arrested for trading in narcotics. In the ruins of the Egyptian tombs, Jack finds proof that Aimee is a young French woman whose parents had been captured by bandits and had then fallen into the hands of an Egyptian nobleman. All ends well, however, and everyone lives happily thereafter.


  • Allene Ray as Aimee
  • Bruce Gordon as Jack Ryder
  • David Dunbar as Andy McLean
  • Anna May Wong as Zira
  • Frankie Mann as Jimmy Jeffries (credited as Frances Mann)
  • Frank Lackteen as Hamid Bey
  • Lillian Gale as Miriam
  • Bernard Siegel as Tew Fick Pasha
  • Whitehorse as Sheik Hassan
  • Omar Whitehead as Paul Delcarte
  • Scott McKee as Commissioner of Police (credited as Scott McGee)
  • Eli Stanton as Ali


While the serial consisted mainly of adventures and escapes in the Egyptian desert, its plot also involved archaeological excavations. A contemporary archaeological journal, noting how producers had recently promoted historical accuracy as a feature of their films, stated that The Fortieth Door attempted to bring an overall ancient Egyptian look to scenes with the exterior of a tomb, but the interior lacked any authenticity in its furnishings or jewelry.[5] The article recommended that films employ an Egyptologist for accuracy.[5]

Chapter titles

  1. The Secret Portal
  2. Two Lockets
  3. The Wedding
  4. Buried Alive
  5. Desert Trails
  6. Tomb of the King
  7. Claws of the Vulture
  8. Held for Hostage
  9. The Rack
  10. The Temple of the Forty Doors

See also


  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: The Fortieth Door". Retrieved August 22, 2008.
  2. ^ "7,200 Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films (1912-29) National Film Preservation Board", running updated list (current as of October 23, 2019), "Fortieth Door, The (1924), George B. Seitz", p. 1, film number 41. National Film Preservation Board, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  3. ^ "American Silent Feature Film: Database From the report 'The Survival of American Silent Feature Films: 1912-1929'", searchable database that includes nearly 11,000 complete or partial titles. Library of Congress. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  4. ^ Morgan, Len (May 17, 1924). "Box Office Reviews: The Fortieth Door". Exhibitors Trade Review. New York: Exhibitors Review Publishing Corporation: 29–30. Retrieved December 12, 2022. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. ^ a b Bryan, Bruce (October 1924). "Movie Realism and Archaeological Fact". Art and Archaeology. Washington, D.C.: Archaeological Institute of America. 18 (4): 131–144. Retrieved October 16, 2020.

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