The Brass Check (film)

The Brass Check is a lost[1] 1918 American silent comedy-drama film directed by Will S. Davis and starring Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne. Metro Pictures produced and distributed the film.[2]

The Brass Check
Directed byWill S. Davis
Written byJune Mathis
StarringFrancis X. Bushman
Beverly Bayne
CinematographyRudolph Bergquist
Distributed byMetro Pictures
Release date
  • March 11, 1918 (1918-03-11)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] ordered out of the family home because he refused to marry the woman selected by this father Silas Trevor (Currier), Richard Trevor (Bushman) finds himself out in the world without funds or a way of earning some. Becoming a detective, he finds a suitcase check and follows this clue to a private insane asylum. There he helps Henry Everett (Joyner) escape. Richard than assists Everett and his sister Edith (Bayne) across the state line, but then returns to line up the men who made Everett their victim. Richard is surprised to find that his own father was at the bottom of the scheme, and that Everett was being held at the asylum because he had discovered a method of manufacturing rubber but refused to sell it. In a clever way Richard has his father pay a high price for Everett's patent, and then introduces Edith as future wife.


  • Francis X. Bushman as Richard Trevor
  • Beverly Bayne as Edith Everett
  • Augustus Phillips as Wellington Dix
  • Frank Currier as Silas Trevor
  • Ollie Cooper as Norma Glanor
  • Francis Joyner as Henry Everett (credited as Frank Joyner)
  • Rudolph De Cordova as Cornelius Everett
  • Bob Williamson as Peter Glanor (credited as Robert Williamson)
  • Hugh Jeffrey as Blake
  • John Smiley as William Roberts
  • Hugh d'Arcy as J. Osborne Cole
  • Jack Newton as Robert Dexler
  • Syn De Conde


Like many American films of the time, The Brass Check was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors required a cut, in Reel 2, of the boy picking up a pocketbook and running to corner with the same, Reel 4, closeup of man taking rings and following view of him placing them in pocket, and the closeup of an open drawer showing money and following scene with burglar placing money in pockets.[4]


  1. "Brass Check". 13 January 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  2. "Detail view of Movies Page". Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  3. "Reviews: The Brass Check". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (13): 23. March 23, 1918.
  4. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (15): 33. April 6, 1918.

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