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The Mystery Ship

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The Mystery Ship
Film advertisement
Directed byHarry Harvey
Henry MacRae
Written byWilliam Parker
Blaine Pearson
Elsie Van Name
StarringBen F. Wilson
Neva Gerber
Distributed byUniversal Film Manufacturing Co.
Release date
  • December 1, 1917 (1917-12-01)
Running time
360 mins. (18 episodes)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Mystery Ship is a 1917 American adventure film serial directed by Harry Harvey and Henry MacRae. The film is considered to be lost.[1]

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Chapter titles

  1. The Crescent Scar
  2. The Grip of Hate
  3. Adrift
  4. The Secret of the Tomb
  5. The Fire God
  6. Treachery
  7. One Minute to Live
  8. Hidden Hands
  9. The Black Masks
  10. The Rescue
  11. The Line of Death
  12. The Rain of Fire
  13. The Underground House
  14. The Masked Riders
  15. The House of Trickery
  16. The Forced Marriage
  17. The Deadly Torpedo
  18. The Fight in Mid-Air


Like many American films of the time, The Mystery Ship was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors required the cut of:

  • Chapter 1: three gambling scenes
  • Chapter 2: the "slugging" (knocking unconscious) of a man and throwing him overboard[2]
  • Chapter 5: the striking a man on the head with a stone, the mob inside a wall shooting a man, and a man falling after the shooting[3]
  • Chapter 6: the abduction of a young woman in an automobile and the assault on the male driver[4]
  • Chapter 8: the choking of a man on the ship deck by a gangster, two scenes of a man threatening a young woman with gun, a Chinese man threatening a woman with dagger, a Chinese man putting poison on food, two closeup shots of a young woman choking a Chinese woman after she regains consciousness, a distant choking scene, and the last scene in the reel showing a dagger descending towards a young woman[5]
  • Chapter 9, Reel 1: three closeup shots of a Chinese man threatening a young woman with dagger, and a man prying a window open to enter a house
  • Chapter 9, Reel 2: a man drugging cotton and placing it in a telephone receiver, all scenes of man in a torture chair, five fight scenes, the placing of an unconscious young woman in an automobile, the threatening of a man with a fireplace poker, and the "slugging" of a man at a garden gate[6]
  • Chapter 10: the last two torture scenes and the intertitle "You'll never leave us alive"[7]
  • Chapter 13, Reel 1: the attack, gagging and binding of a young woman; the entire scene of men shooting at each other from behind barricades of rugs and curtains, including shots of falling men
  • Chapter 13, Reel 2: the intertitile "She go die now", the first scene of a Chinese man chaining a young women to a platform, all torture scenes where flames are shown except the one where the young woman is rescued, a gun shooting through an opening in wall, two shots of a Chinese man falling, a man aiming a gun at a prisoner, and the shooting from a trap door[8]
  • Chapter 14, Reel 1: the chloroforming of a man by the Man of Mystery, and all but the first and last struggle scenes between a man and a young woman[9]
  • Chapter 15, Reel 1: the "slugging" of an agent by a foreign spy
  • Chapter 15, Reel 2: the flash flogging scene, three scenes of a man being choked with a rope, all scenes of a man on a young woman's bed after he takes false whiskers off
  • Chapter 16, Reel 1: the scene of a young woman and a man in bed, the scene of Gaston pulling the man from the bed, the man covering his face with his hands, the young woman in bed covering her face with her hands, the young woman turning away from the man and burying her face in a pillow
  • Chapter 16, Reel 2: the binding of a young woman[10]
  • Chapter 17: all but the last holdup scene, the two intertitles "You mean our wife" and "The one that gets the Queen of Hearts—gets the lady", three scenes of police officers being shot at, all shots of men playing cards whilst waiting for a young women to wake up until the time she awakens, three scenes of a gang shooting at police officers, two scenes of men shooting at each other in a cellar, three scenes of a gang shooting at the titular Mystery Ship[11]
  • Chapter 18, Reel 2: the shooting from a door and the shooting inside a shed[12]

See also


  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: The Mystery Ship". Retrieved February 22, 2008.
  2. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (21): 33. November 17, 1917. (cuts in Chapters 1 and 2)
  3. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (1): 31. December 29, 1917. (cuts in Chapter 5)
  4. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (2): 31. January 5, 1918. (cuts in Chapter 6)
  5. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (3): 31. January 12, 1918. (cuts in Chapter 8)
  6. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (5): 33. January 26, 1918. (cuts in Chapter 9)
  7. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (7): 29. February 9, 1918. (cuts in Chapter 10)
  8. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (10): 29. March 2, 1918. (custs in Chapter 13)
  9. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (11): 29. March 9, 1918. (cuts in Chapter 14)
  10. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (13): 29. March 23, 1918. (cuts in Chapters 15 and 16)
  11. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (14): 29. March 30, 1918. (cuts in Chapter 17)
  12. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (16): 31. April 13, 1918. (cuts in Chapter 18)

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