The attempt to solve a fifteen-year-old murder and the possibility of finding a hidden treasure of two hundred thousand dollars lead several people to an old house on an isolated island. —Scifilm.org
Erle Cauthorn Kenton was born August 1, 1896 in Norborne, Missouri. In 1900 he had moved with his parents to Mexico, Missouri, but by 1910 was living with his Grandmother, Sarah Cauthorn in Los Angeles, California and attending school there. He first entered the film industry as a comedian, working on the Keystone Cops series of films. He later turned to directing and made short comedies for every major studio in Hollywood before becoming a feature film director.
He started out as a Keystone Cop under the direction of Mack Sennett in 1914, working his way up the Sennett Studio ladder as a gagman and assistant director. After successfully handling several 2-reelers, Kenton was given a crack at directing a feature film, the 1920 Sennett production Down on the Farm. He continued working in a comic vein at other studios throughout the silent era; typical titles in the Kenton manifest included The Sap (1926), Bare Knees (1927) and Golf Widows (1928).
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