Production info

The Fortieth Door
USA, 1924

Anna May Wong, Frank Lackteen, Allene Ray, Bruce Gordon
Directed by George B. Seitz

  

An archaeologist working in Egypt falls in love with a girl who turns out to be the daughter of a missing French general. Ultimately, the young man is forced to hide his love by wrapping her up in the bandages of a mummy he has found to protect her from her stepfather.

10 part serial by Pathé, loosely based on the 1920 Mary Hastings Bradley novel. A reduced 6 episode version entitled "The 40th Door" ran in cinemas outside the US. Such serials were short chapters of a larger story shown in theaters in conjunction with a feature film. Each chapter would be screened at the same theater for one week or at different days of the week and would end with a cliffhanger, so that audiences would have to come back again to see how it continued.


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