The Master Mystery

The Master Mystery is a 1918 American mystery silent serial film told in 15 installments. The film was directed by Harry Grossman and Burton L. King and written by Arthur B. Reeve and Charles Logue. The film stars Harry Houdini, Marguerite Marsh, Ruth Stonehouse, Edna Britton, William Pike, and Charles Graham. Episode 1 was released on November 18, 1918, by Octagon Films.[1][2]

The Master Mystery
Episode eight poster
Directed byHarry Grossman
Burton L. King
Screenplay byArthur B. Reeve
Charles Logue
Produced byB. A. Rolfe
StarringHarry Houdini
Marguerite Marsh
Ruth Stonehouse
Edna Britton
William Pike
Charles Graham
Music byMichael Mortilla
Distributed byOctagon Films
Release date
  • November 18, 1918 (1918-11-18)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


Justice Department agent Quentin Locke is investigating a powerful cartel that is protected by The Automaton, a robot. However, it uses a gas weapon known as The Madagascar Madness.



  1. Living Death
  2. The Iron Terror
  3. The Water Peril
  4. The Test
  5. The Chemist’s Shop
  6. The Mad Genius
  7. Barbed Wire
  8. The Challenge
  9. The Madagascan Madness
  10. The Binding Ring
  11. The Net
  12. The Death Noose
  13. The Flash of Death
  14. The Tangled Web
  15. Bound at Last; or, Unmasking of the Automaton


  1. ^ Hans J. Wollstein (2016). "The-Master-Mystery - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Silent Era : Home Video : The Master Mystery (1918-1919) Review". Retrieved 24 January 2015.

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