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The Diamond from the Sky is a 1915 American silent adventure film serial starring Lottie Pickford, Irving Cummings, and William Russell, and directed by Jacques Jaccard and William Desmond Taylor.

The Diamond from the Sky
Movie poster
Directed by Jacques Jaccard
William Desmond Taylor
Written by Roy L. McCardell
Starring Lottie Pickford
Irving Cummings
William Russell
Distributed by American Film Manufacturing Company
Release date
  • May 3, 1915 (1915-05-03) (episode one)
Running time
900 min - 30 episodes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

It is considered to be a lost film.[1]



The prologue, in the serial's first episode, "A Heritage of Hate", depicts the finding of “The Diamond From the Sky” which later becomes the heirloom of the Stanley family, while the two reels of the first chapter show the intense rivalry between Colonel Arthur Stanley and Judge Lamar Stanley, Virginia aristocrats and descendants of Lord Arthur Stanley, two hundred years later.

When a girl is born to the young wife of Colonel Arthur Stanley, the latter, to retain an earldom and “The Diamond From the Sky,” buys a new born Gypsy baby boy and substitutes it for his own babe. Judge Lamar Stanley visits Colonel Arthur Stanley’s home to see the child just as Hagar, the gypsy woman, bursts into the room to demand her boy, and the colonel falls unconscious across the library table.


Chapter titlesEdit

Lottie Pickford, Irving Cummings, and Charlotte Burton (left to right) in The Diamond from the Sky
The Diamond From The Sky movie banner in Rockwall, Texas in 1915 or 1916.
  1. A Heritage of Hate
  2. An Eye For An Eye
  3. The Silent Witness
  4. The Prodigal's Progress
  5. For The Sake of A False Friend
  6. Shadows at Sunrise
  7. The Fox and The Pig
  8. A Mind In The Past
  9. A Runaway Match
  10. Old Foes With New Faces
  11. The Web of Destiny
  12. To The Highest Bidder
  13. The Man In The Mask
  14. For Love And Money
  15. Desperate Chances
  16. The Path of Peril
  17. The King of Diamonds and the Queen of Hearts
  18. The Charm Against Harm
  19. Fire, Fury And Confusion
  20. The Soul Stranglers
  21. The Lion's Bride
  22. The Rose In The Dust
  23. The Double Cross
  24. The Mad Millionaire
  25. A House of Cards
  26. The Garden of The Gods
  27. Mine Own People
  28. On the Wings of the Morning
  29. A Deal With Destiny
  30. The American Earl


The story was purposely left unfinished, in the same manner as The Million Dollar Mystery. A prize of $5,000 was offered for its completion, which was won by Terry Ramsaye.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: The Diamond from the Sky". Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  2. ^ Stedman, Raymond William (1971). "2. The Perils of Success". Serials: Suspense and Drama By Installment. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 35. ISBN 978-0-8061-0927-5. 
  3. ^ Lahue, Kalten C. "1. A Bolt From The Blue". Continued Next Week. p. 66. 

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