The Hole in the Wall (1921 film)

(for a 1929 early talkie remake starring Edward G. Robinson and Claudette Colbert see --The Hole in the Wall.)

The Hole in the Wall
Film poster
Directed byMaxwell Karger
Produced byMaxwell Karger
Written byMaxwell Karger (scenario)
Based onThe Hole in the Wall
by Fred Jackson
StarringAlice Lake
Allan Forrest
CinematographyAllen Siegler
Distributed byMetro Pictures
Release date
  • December 12, 1921 (1921-12-12)
Running time
6 reels (6,100 feet)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Hole in the Wall is a 1921 American silent drama film produced and distributed by Metro Pictures and directed and co-produced by Maxwell Karger. The film starred Alice Lake and is based on a Broadway play, The Hole in the Wall by Fred Jackson.[1][2][3]


As described in a film magazine,[4] Jean Oliver (Lake) is a young woman who has been wronged by a wealthy lady and seeks her revenge. She becomes a seeress, posing as Madam Mysteria, a medium who has been killed in an accident. Through a band of crooks she determines to avenge herself on Mrs. Ramsey (Lester), who was instrumental in sending Jean to prison. Gordon Grant (Forrest), a reporter, comes to the medium's parlor with a woman who is posing as his aunt. He is attempting to solve the kidnapping of Mrs. Ramsey's young grandchild, and while he is there the police raid the place and arrest the crooks. The leader of the gang escape with the baby, however, and demands the release of the gang before he will give the child up. He also asks that Mrs. Ramsey acknowledge that she lied and that Jean is innocent of any wrongdoing, which she does. The film ends with a happy ending as Jean and Gordon are reunited.

The film's title is based upon a scene in which the medium, while in a trance, tells the reporter's lady friend some amazing truths and these truths are graphically presented by having the walls of the parlor crumble and figures crying for recognition appear in the distance.[4]


Preservation status

This film is now considered a lost film.[5]


  1. "Detail view of Movies Page".
  2. "Progressive Silent Film List: The Hole in the Wall".
  3. League, The Broadway. "The Hole in the Wall – Broadway Play – Original - IBDB".
  4. "Reviews: The Hole in the Wall". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 13 (25): 64. December 17, 1921.
  5. "Hole In The Wall". November 3, 2017.
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