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The Impostor (1926 film)

The Impostor
Directed byChester Withey
Written byEwart Adamson
Clifford Howard
Produced byJoseph P. Kennedy
StarringEvelyn Brent
Carroll Nye
James Morrison
CinematographyRoy H. Klaffki
Gothic Productions
Distributed byFilm Booking Offices of America
Release date
  • September 12, 1926 (1926-09-12)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Impostor is a 1926 American silent crime film directed by Chester Withey and starring Evelyn Brent, Carroll Nye, and James Morrison.[1]



As described in a film magazine,[2] Dick Gilbert, a financially struggling young man, uses a family jewel as security on a loan to pay his gambling debts, only for the jewel to then be stolen by a notorious gambler. His sister Judith, a young society woman, disguises herself as a girl of the streets in order to obtain the jewel, which her father held as security for a Count. Exciting incidents occur with the sister pretending that she too is a thief. Learning that the jewel has been sold to a social climber, who sees a chance to increase her social standing with the Gilbert family, Judith, disguised as a thief, offers to impersonate herself at a garden party, at which the woman returns the jewel. After several interesting occurrences, Judith manages to get the jewel back in the safe in time. The brother, not knowing this, confesses. The thief De Mornoff breaks in attempting again to get the jewel, but Judith covers him with a gun. The brother is forgiven and Bruce Gordon, a newspaper reporter who has been following the girl thief for the story, becomes desirous of marrying her to make an honest woman of her and learns her identity. Judith tells the reporter that he still has a chance with her.




  1. ^ Connelly p. 366
  2. ^ "New Pictures: The Impostor". Exhibitors Herald. 25 (07). Chicago, Illinois: Exhibitors Herald Company: 62. 1 May 1926. Retrieved 27 March 2024. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.


  • Connelly, Robert B. The Silents: Silent Feature Films, 1910-36, Volume 40, Issue 2. December Press, 1998. ISBN 0-913-20436-6
  • Munden, Kenneth White. The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Part 1. University of California Press, 1997. ISBN 9780520209695

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