Crimes at the Dark House ★★½

A cheaply made version of The Woman in White (Willkie Collins, 1859) stars Tod Slaughter, whose career consisted of a string of highly melodramatic performances as dastardly villains. In this film Slaughter murders the xxxxx of xxxx in the first scene, travels to England to impersonate his victim, impregnates and murders his chamber maid, murders the woman in white and her mother, marries the innocent heroine and has her locked up in a madhouse, murders the head of the asylum, and finally dies in the fire he has started to destroy incriminating documents. All this in 69 min.