The Altar Stairs

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The Altar Stairs
Frank Mayo-Louise Lorraine in The Altar Stairs.jpg
Film still with Frank Mayo and Louise Lorraine
Directed by Lambert Hillyer
Written by G. B. Lancaster (novel)
George Hively
Doris Schroeder
Starring Frank Mayo
Louise Lorraine
Cinematography Dwight Warren
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • December 4, 1922 (1922-12-04)
Running time
5 reels
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Altar Stairs is a 1922 American silent drama film directed by Lambert Hillyer and featuring Boris Karloff.[1] It is based on the novel of the same name by G. B. Lancaster. Its survival status is classified as unknown,[1] suggesting that it is a lost film.


Rod McLean (Mayo), a South Seas trader, saves derelict Tony Heritage (Hughes) from some natives, and Tony repays him by stealing his money and escaping to France. There he marries Joie (Lorraine), the daughter of Captain Jean Malet (Lanoe) who is soon to take a post in the South Seas. When the officer learns of Tony's record, he repudiates the marriage and takes Joie with him to the South Seas. Tony then turns up there, and Captain Malet, to keep him away from Joie, gives him a job helping Rod establish a new trading post on another island. Rod has fallen in love with Joie, but after he discovers that she is married (although he does not know to whom), he rejects her as a flirt.

Back at the new post, Rod discovers that Tony has gotten the natives drunk and they are burning the island chapel. He finds out that Tony is Joie's husband, but is stopped by the minister from killing him. Tony uses Rod's boat to escape to a steamer. Rod goes after him, followed by the minister who wants to prevent any killing, while Joie awaits the film's climax on the main island.[2]


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  1. ^ a b "Progressive Silent Film List: The Altar Stairs". Silent Era. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  2. ^ "Illustrated Screen Report: The Altar Stairs". Exhibitor's Trade Review (East Stroudsberg, Pennsylvania: Exhibitor's Trade Review, Inc.) 13 (3): 155. Dec 16, 1922. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 

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