The Hordern Mystery

The Hordern Mystery is an Australian feature length film directed by Harry Southwell based on an 1889 novel by Edmund Finn (son of Edmund Finn).

The Hordern Mystery
Directed byHarry Southwell
Produced byHarry Southwell
Written byM.F. Gatwood
Based onnovel by Edmund Finn
StarringClaude Turton
Flo Little
CinematographyTasman Higgins
Southwell Screen Plays
Release date
23 October 1920[1]
Running time
5,600 feet
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles

Unlike many Australian silent films, it still survives today.


Money-hungry Gilbert Hordern is married to an adoring wife and has a child. He pretends to be his own evil twin brother so he can marry a millionaire's daughter. He succeeds but is wracked with guilt and confesses. He wakes up and realises it was all a dream.


  • Claude Turton as Gilbert Hordern
  • Flo Little as Midge Hordern
  • Floris St George as Laura Yellaboyce
  • Godfrey Cass as Dan Yellaboyce
  • Thomas Sinclair as Peter Mull
  • Beatrice Hamilton as Mrs Mull
  • David Edelsten


The film was shot in suburban Sydney in mid 1920 under the title The Golden Flame. Commercial reception appears to have been poor.[2]


  1. "Filmography", Cinema Papers, June–July 1980 p175
  2. Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 102.

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