The Crimson Stain Mystery

The Crimson Stain Mystery is a 1916 American horror film serial directed by T. Hayes Hunter.[1] The Crimson Stain Mystery was poorly received upon release.[2]

The Crimson Stain Mystery
Film poster; chapter #11
Directed byT. Hayes Hunter
Written byAlbert Payson Terhune and Doty Hobart
StarringMaurice Costello
Ethel Grandin
CinematographyLudwig G.B. Erb
Distributed byMetro Pictures
Release date
  • August 21, 1916 (1916-08-21)
Running time
16 episodes
CountryUnited States


In this serial, Dr. Burton Montrose, a scientist, has developed a formula which he believes will make ordinary people into geniuses. He experiments on several subjects and, to his horror, finds that it instead creates wicked criminals. The resulting band of murderers and thieves is led by the evil Pierre La Rue, also known as the Crimson Stain for his luminous, red-rimmed eyes. He and his gang terrorize New York City. They are pursued by Layton Parrish, a detective, and by Harold Stanley, editor of the Examiner newspaper, who has vowed vengeance for his father's murder. Aiding Stanley are his friend, Robert Clayton, and his sweetheart, Florence Montrose, Dr. Montrose's daughter. Neither she nor anyone else knows the mysterious Crimson Stain to be none other than the doctor himself, subject of his own experiments.


  • Maurice Costello as Harold Stanley/Pierre La Rue
  • Ethel Grandin as Florence Montrose
  • Thomas J. McGrane as Dr. Burton Montrose
  • Olga Olonova as Vanya Tosca
  • John Milton as Layton Parrish
  • N.J. Thompson as Jim Tanner
  • Eugene Strong as Robert Clayton

Chapter titles

  1. The Brand of Satan
  2. In The Demon's Spell
  3. The Broken Spell
  4. The Mysterious Disappearance[3]
  5. The Figure In Black
  6. The Phantom Image
  7. The Devil's Symphony
  8. In The Shadow of Death
  9. The Haunting Spectre
  10. The Infernal Fiend
  11. The Tortured Soul
  12. The Restless Spirit
  13. Despoiling Brutes
  14. The Bloodhound
  15. The Human Tiger
  16. The Unmasking

See also


  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: The Crimson Stain Mystery". Silent Era. Retrieved February 23, 2008.
  2. Stedman, Raymond William (1971). "2. The Perils of Success". Serials: Suspense and Drama By Installment. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-8061-0927-5.
  3. archived lobby art; for #4 episode The Mysterious Disappearance
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