The Man Beneath

The Man Beneath is a 1919 American silent crime drama film directed by William Worthington and produced by Sessue Hayakawa's Haworth Pictures Corporation.[1] An incomplete copy of the film is in the collection of the EYE Film Institute Netherlands.[2]

The Man Beneath
Directed byWilliam Worthington
Produced bySessue Hayakawa
Based onOnly a Nigger
by Edmund Mitchell
CinematographyFrank D. Williams
Distributed byExhibitors Mutual
Robertson-Cole Distributing Corporation
Release date
  • July 6, 1919 (1919-07-06) (USA)
Running time
50 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] Kate Erskine (Eddy) and her sister Mary (Curley) love Dr. Chindi Ashutor (Hayakawa) and James Bassett (Gilbert), respectively, the latter having been college chums, one being a noted physician while the other pursuing no occupation as yet. Mary and Bassett become engaged while Dr. Ashutor goes to aid his countrymen in plague-stricken India. While he is away Bassett receives a summons from the Black Hand, an order he joined in his youth for adventure. Feeling his life in danger, he goes to Dr. Ashutor in India and with his aid almost succeeds in establishing his feigned death as a reality. However, the spies of the order follow them to Scotland and to the home of the Erskines. Here Dr. Ashutor is instrumental in finally ridding Bassett from the menace of the order. Mary and Bassett then marry, while the situation of Kate and Dr. Ashutor remains undecided.



  1. Miyao, Daisuke (28 March 2007). Sessue Hayakawa: Silent Cinema and Transnational Stardom. Duke University Press. p. 308. ISBN 0-8223-3969-2.
  2. Progressive Silent Film List: The Man Beneath at
  3. "Reviews: The Man Beneath". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 9 (5): 103. July 26, 1919.
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