813 (film)

813 is a 1920 American mystery film directed by Charles Christie and Scott Sidney, written by Scott Darling from the story by Maurice Leblanc, produced by Al Christie, released by the Christie Film Company and the Robertson-Cole Pictures Corporation, and starring Wedgwood Nowell as jewel thief Arsene Lupin with a supporting cast featuring Ralph Lewis, Wallace Beery, and Laura La Plante.

Directed byCharles Christie
Scott Sidney
Produced byAl Christie
Screenplay byScott Darling (scenario)
Story byMaurice Leblanc
CinematographyAnton Nagy
Distributed byRobertson-Cole Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • 1920 (1920)
Running time
6 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

It is not known whether the film currently survives,[1] and it may be a lost film.


As summarized in a film publication,[2] Robert Castleback (Lewis) has plans for worldwide power through a mysterious secret that he possesses. Arsene Lupin (Nowell), master thief but loyal Frenchman, knows of the secret and is attempting to obtain state papers held by Castleback. Two other persons in the employ of the Kaiser are attempting the same thing. Castleback is murdered and some suspect Lupin, who announces his intention to catch the real killer. Disguised as the chief of police, he works fearlessly alongside the police. Soon he comes into contact with another master criminal, Ribeira (Beery), who is masquerading as Maj. Parbury, and Lupin suspects that he is complicit in the crime. Lupin falls in love with Dolores Castleback (Adams), widow of the murdered man. When Ribeira, to get rid of Lupin, steals his daughter and informs Lupin that he will have to go alone to a deserted house to get her back, Lupin goes, foils the plot to kill him, and escapes through a tunnel that comes out in the home of Delores. As he turns from the mantelpiece where he has discovered the hiding place of the state papers, he sees a mysterious man that he has been trailing. To Lupin's horror he finds that the man is really Delores, who is in reality a German criminal. She kills herself and Lupin escapes.



  1. Progressive Silent Film List: 813 (1920) at silentera.com
  2. "813: Mystery Novel Loses Some Interest in Screen Adaptation". Film Daily. New York City: Wyd's Films and Film Folks, Inc. 15 (21): 12. Jan 23, 1921. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
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