The Case of the Missing Girl

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

The Case of the Missing Girl is an American silent movie, produced and directed by Alice Guy-Blaché, Solax Film Corporation, released on 7 may 1913 (in USA), Black & White. Fourth Burstup Homes movie in a series of 4.

Burstup Homes is a bum detective trying to locate a mysterious missing girl. Despite her parents suspecting elopement, Burstup remains resourceful and follows wrong clues. He eventually discovers the girl and her lover's hiding place, confronting a large gang using hypnotism. Eventually, he smuggles himself into the gang's den, kills them all, and carries the missing heiress.

Survival status: Unknown.



The Moving Picture World (3 may 1913, p. 27)

THE CASE OF THE MISSING GIRL (May 7). — This is a burlesque detective story and is the fourth in the "Burstup Homes" series. Burstup is a character who is becoming very popular with the exhibitors and picture fans. Every one of the Burstup releases is a complete story. This Burstup case deals with the detective's adventures in trying to locate a girl who mysteriously disappears. The girl's parents, while they suspect that she has eloped, still, in order to avoid a scandal, keep the matter quiet and rely on the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Burstup.

Naturally the bum detective follows many wrong clues. The girl's powder and puff lead him in the wrong trail and into a bag of flour. Many other ludicrous accidents happen to him until he finally discovers the girl and her lover's hiding place. In order to get however, he has to contend with a big gang. He reduces them to submission by means of hypnotism; but before he gets away something happens and breaks his hypnotic spell and he is temporarily defeated. The hour of triumph comes later when he has himself smuggled into the gang's den inclosed in a life-sized frame. With one shot he kill the whole outfit and carries off the missing heiress.