The House of Fear (1915 film)

The House of Fear was a 1915 American silent mystery film based on a story by John T. McIntyre. It was the third and final film in the Ashton-Kirk, Investigator series, all directed by Ashley Miller and Arnold Daly and starring Daly.[1]

The House of Fear
Directed by
Written byJohn Thomas McIntyre (story)
Produced byArnold Daly
CinematographyEugene Gaudio
Distributed byPathé Exchange, Inc.
Release date
  • December 3, 1915 (1915-12-03)[1]
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

This film is presumed lost.[2]


Grace Cramp (Jeanne Eagels) and her brother Charles (Sheldon Lewis), ask Ashton-Kirk to investigate strange events involving Mexicans that are occurring at their house. Ashton-Kirk learns from information provided by an agent in Mexico that their father had been an engraver who made forged currency plates when in need of money. The siblings' father had forged currency plates for a thief (Charles Kraus) but had never delivered them. The thief's aunt, Miss Hohenlo (Ina Hammer), and her accomplices have been breaking into the father's house to try to find the engraving plates. Ashton-Kirk captures the intruders and destroys the forged plates.[3]


  • Arnold Daly as Ashton-Kirk
  • Sheldon Lewis as Charles Cramp
  • Jeanne Eagels as Grace Cramp
  • Ina Hammer as Miss Hohenlo
  • Charles Laite as Harry Pendleton
  • Charles Kraus as Alva
  • William Bechtel
  • Martin Sabine


After his popular portrayal of detective Craig Kennedy in the Pearl White serial The Exploits of Elaine, Pathé signed Arnold Daly to do his own series featuring Ashton-Kirk, a detective character created by John T. McIntyre. The House of Fear was the third and last film in the series; the first was An Affair of Three Nations, followed by The Menace of the Mute.[4]


The House of Fear was released December 3, 1915.

The film received a favorable review in The Moving Picture World, which said that it was "... splendidly produced and has action every moment".[5] The Motography reviewer was also positive and remarked on how it held the interest.[6] The reviewer for the New York Dramatic Mirror judged the plot "none too strong", but was impressed by the camerawork: "Seldom has more perfect photography been seen in any picture." Hammer's performance as the aunt was also singled out as "very good".[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "The House of Fear". Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  2. ^ Carl Bennett, ed. (January 26, 2015). "The House of Fear". Progressive Silent Film List. Retrieved February 13, 2015 – via Silent Era.
  3. ^ Ken Wlaschin (2009). Silent Mystery and Detective Movies, A Comprehensive Filmography. McFarland and Company. p. 112. ISBN 978-0-7864-4350-5.
  4. ^ Michael R. Pitts (2004). Famous Movie Detectives III. Scarecrow Press. pp. 2–3. ISBN 978-0-8108-3690-7.
  5. ^ Magaret I. MacDonald (December 4, 1915). "The House of Fear". The Moving Picture World. 26 (11): 1845.
  6. ^ Thomas C. Kennedy (December 11, 1915). "The House of Fear". Motography. XIV (24): 1246–47.
  7. ^ "The House of Fear" (PDF). New York Dramatic Mirror. 74 (1928): 35. December 4, 1915. Retrieved November 13, 2015 – via Fulton History.

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