The Diamond from the Sky
|The Diamond from the Sky|
|Directed by||Jacques Jaccard|
William Desmond Taylor
|Written by||Roy L. McCardell|
American Film Manufacturing Company - Flying "A" Studios
|Distributed by||American Film Manufacturing Company|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
No copies of this serial’s “chapters” have been found, so the overall production is currently classified as a lost film.
The prologue in the serial's first episode, "A Heritage of Hate", depicts the discovery of a spectacular diamond inside a meteorite, a gem that later becomes the property of the Stanley family, who call their heirloom “The Diamond From the Sky”. The remainder of the first chapter portrays the intense rivalry between Colonel Arthur Stanley and Judge Lamar Stanley, Virginia aristocrats and descendants of Lord Arthur Stanley, 200 years later.
When a girl is born to the young wife of Colonel Arthur Stanley, the latter, to retain an earldom and “The Diamond From the Sky,” buys a new born Gypsy baby boy and substitutes it for his own babe. Judge Lamar Stanley visits Colonel Arthur Stanley’s home to see the child just as Hagar, the gypsy woman, bursts into the room to demand her boy, and the colonel falls unconscious across the library table.
- Lottie Pickford as Esther Stanley, the Gypsy Heroine. The role was originally offered to her sister Mary Pickford.
- Irving Cummings as Arthur Stanley II
- William Russell as Blair Stanley
- Charlotte Burton as Vivian Marston
- Eugenie Forde as Hagar Harding
- George Periolat as Luke Lovell
- Orral Humphrey as Marmaduke Smythe
- William Tedmarsh as Quabba, the Hunchback
- Hart Hoxie as Matt Hardigan
- George Field
- Rhea Mitchell
- Nell Franzen
- Roy Stewart
- Charles Watt
- A Heritage of Hate
- An Eye For An Eye
- The Silent Witness
- The Prodigal's Progress
- For The Sake of A False Friend
- Shadows at Sunrise
- The Fox and The Pig
- A Mind In The Past
- A Runaway Match
- Old Foes With New Faces
- The Web of Destiny
- To The Highest Bidder
- The Man In The Mask
- For Love And Money
- Desperate Chances
- The Path of Peril
- The King of Diamonds and the Queen of Hearts
- The Charm Against Harm
- Fire, Fury And Confusion
- The Soul Stranglers
- The Lion's Bride
- The Rose In The Dust
- The Double Cross
- The Mad Millionaire
- A House of Cards
- The Garden of The Gods
- Mine Own People
- On the Wings of the Morning
- A Deal With Destiny
- The American Earl
- The serial’s overall storyline was purposely left unfinished in the same manner as The Million Dollar Mystery. A prize of $5,000 was offered for its completion, which was won by Terry Ramsaye.
- While on location during the production of the “continued photoplay”, director William Desmond Taylor was nearly electrocuted by an exposed power line. The trade magazine Motion Picture News reported the near tragedy in its August 7, 1915, issue:
W. D. Taylor, director of “The Diamond from the Sky,” the North American Film Corporation’s $800,000 continued photoplay, had a narrow escape from death a few days ago, when he accidentally stepped on a heavy charged electric wire. The members of the company were at work in a tunnel, in which one of the scenes takes place, when Taylor, walking in advance of the players, stepped on the wire, which was uncovered. Luckily, a physician employed in the mining camp nearby had come over to watch the taking of the scene. He offered immediate assistance.
- “Director Taylor Has Narrow Escape In ‘Diamond’ Episode”, Motion Picture News (New York, N.Y.), August 7, 1915, p. 60, col. 1. Internet Archive, San Francisco, California. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
- "Progressive Silent Film List: The Diamond from the Sky". silentera.com. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
- Stedman, Raymond William (1971). "2. The Perils of Success". Serials: Suspense and Drama By Installment. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 35. ISBN 978-0-8061-0927-5.
- Lahue, Kalten C. "1. A Bolt From The Blue". Continued Next Week. p. 66.
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