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The Fortieth Door

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The Fortieth Door
Fortieth Door lobby card 1924.jpg
Lobby card
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]


  • 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, noted 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.[4] The article recommended that films employ an Egyptologist for accuracy.[4]

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. ^ 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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