The Diamond From the Sky (1915)

Lottie Pickford in THE DIAMOND IN THE SKY (1915) postcard


THE DIAMOND FROM THE SKY (1915) postcard

Dear Friend,

I saw Lottie Pickford in the $800,000.00 "Flying A" Photoplay -- The Diamond From the Sky -- She's Great!  Go See Her!

MONDAY Nov. 22

THE DIAMOND FROM THE SKY (1915) synopsis from Reel Life magazine, August 7, 1915

From Reel Life, August 7, 1915, page 19.

"The Diamond From the Sky"

From the Picturized Romantic Novel, Produced by Flying "A"

Distributed by the North American Film Corp.

Chapter Fifteen, "Desperate Chances"


Esther Stanley

Lottie Pickford

Arthur Stanley, II

Irving Cummings

Blair Stanley

William Russell

Vivian Marston

Charlotte Burton


Eugenia Forde

Luke Lovell

George Periolat

Marmaduke Smythe

Orral Humphrey

Quabba, the Hunchback

W. J. Tedmarsh

THE crashing of the stage coach down the mountain came clearly to the ears of Blair and Luke.  Panting with exertion and excitement, they sped down the steep hillside to witness their work, nor stopped until they stood beside the shattered old coach body.  There, prone amid the wreckage, lay Esther and Marmaduke Smythe.  Esther's eyes were closed, but she bad been thrown out providentially, it would seem, along with a cushion from the coach, which had saved here even from shock and bruise.

At the approach of her enemies, she turned, stirring as one half conscious and in pain.  Slipping the Stanley document from her bosom,, she hid it under a stone.  She could not doubt that the tragic accident to the coach was Blair's work  As she file him stooping over her, she stirred, sat up, and gazed resolutely at both Blair and the gypsy.  Instantly, Luke picked her up in his arms.  "You bring her baggage," he commanded of Stanley, roughly.  "She isn't dead, thank God!"  In this way she was borne back to the blacksmith shop.

When Esther professed to know nothing about the Stanley document, and declared that no such paper was upon her person, her latter statement at least was respected by her kidnappers.  Blair forced open the suitcase he had brought with him.  Esther could hardly restrain a smile, despite her desperate situation, when the bag proved to contain apair of striped pajamas, some shirts and collars, a flash, and other male belongings, very evidently the property of Marmaduke Smythe.  Neither one of her captors trusting the other to guard their prey, the two worthies tied her securely and went back to the wrecked coach to find the right suit case, and as they hoped, the document.  Meanwhile, however, the eccentric English had come to his senses.  Clutching the only piece of baggage in sight, and still clinging to his stag's head and gun, he had trotted off int the wilderness.  When Blair and the gypsy reached the place they could find no trace of Esther's belongings.

Back in the blacksmith shop, the girl, having feeed herself of her bonds, was beating upon the door and crying for help.  Quabba, climbing the mountain on Esther's trail, heard and recognized her voice.  Instantly, his dark broodings over the loss of The Diamond From the Sky which, before his very eyes, had been snatched by a swooping pelican from the gills of the fish which the organ-grinder had been in the act of hauling within reach, vanished as suddenly as had that slippery gen.  Seizing a sledge which stood by the door of Esther's prison, he battered it till it fell.  Shedding tears of joy, the two fugitives sped off through the gathering darkness.  Blair and Luke, returning a few minutes later, cursed their luck and gave pursuit.

When day broke on the other side of the mountain, at the Lady Veronica mines, the hoarse whistle of the power plant woke Esther and Quabba where they had fallen exhausted in their flight on the mountain side.  It also roused to their evil purposes Luke Lovell and Blair Stanley.  But by the time Esther and her faithful bodyguard could reach the mine opening at the trestle end, one glance showed them that the workings were deserted.  Arthur and his men were gone.  Whither could they now flee for refuge?  Nearer and nearer came the speeding Luke and Blair.  They had dared to cross the canyon by means of the empty ore cradle which Quabba had operated on the thin line of cable suspended over the sickening height.  Now, inspired by despair, the Italian sprang into the little electric engine by the min mouth.  Esther climbed up beside him, and Quabba turned the controller.  Then, in they went, into the darked heart of the hills.  After them, came their relentless pursuers.

At the same time, far away in Los Angeles, "John Powell," back from the mountains, was taking possession of a magnificent new yacht.  From her hotel window, Vivian Maston spied upon his movements.  A scant half hour before, she had ordered a sail-boat.  Arthur, standing at the wheel, receiving his first instructions from a sailing master, was startled by a wild cry forward.  A small sail-boat, with a woman at the helm, lay right across his bow.  The next instant the little craft was struck.  It veered and crumpled on its side.  The woman was in the water.  Arthur hurled himself after her.  Vivian, risking her life for a diamond, had plotted to cross the young millionaire's path "impressively." So far, at least, she had succeeded.

But the gem of which this unscrupulous, fair woman was in quest, lay in an inland marsh in a frog puddle.  Far overhead in the blue, a pelican with open bill, winged his way into infinity.


Lottie Pickford in THE DIAMOND FROM THE SKY (1915) ad from Reel Life magaine, August 7, 1915

From Reel Life, August 7, 1915, page 33


One of the countless thrills in "The Dialmond From the Sky," the wonderful continued photoplay in chapters.  Esther (Lottie Pickford) and Quabba (W.J. Tedmarsh) escape their pursuers in this breath-taking manner.  A thrill from chapter 15, appearing now in leading theaters.


A Picturized Romantic Novel by Roy L. McCardell

The Greatest Ever!

That is the unanimous public verdict everywhere concerning "The Diamond From the Sky."  Mr. Exhibitor: You can't afford not to book this  stupendous box-office success.  A new, two act chapter is released each week.

$10,000 for a Suggestion!

This huge cash prize will be awarded for the most suitable suggestion for a sequel to "The Diamond From the Sky." Think of it! A $10,000 prize!  ACT NOW!  Book this Proven Success; then watch the money pour in at your box-office.

For booking information write, wire or see at once the North American Film Corporation representative at your nearest Mutual Exchance, or write or wire us.



John R. Freuler, President

Executive Offices: 71 West 23rd Street, New York City

North American Representatives at Every Mutual Exchange in America

THE DIAMOND FROM THE SKY (1915) herald with Irving Cummings

Irving Cummings
As Arthur Stanley


The Diamond From the Sky

A Picturized Romantic Novel

By Roy L. McCardell

$10,000 for a Suggestion!

$10,000 for a Suggestion!

"The Diamond from the Sky" is a $20,000 prize photoplay. $10,000 was paid for the scenario, and now another $10,000 is being offered for the best suggestion, in 1,000 words or less, as a sequel to this remarkable picturized novel. The entire $10,000 will go to one person.

How to Earn the Prize

Follow every chaper of "The Diamond from the Sky" at this theatre. Read the story in the newspapers, then submit your idea of the most fitting sequel to this photoplay-novel. Your suggestion need not be more than 1,000 words in length - it need not possess any literary merit. What we want is a plot-germ - an idea.

Write it out as simply as you can. It may read something like this:

"Arthur Stanley proves that he is heir to the Earldom, and the "The Diamond from the Sky" belongs to him. Esther agrees to marry Arthur, which makes him very happy, etc."

Below is a memorandum blank, arranged so that you can make notes as the story progresses. Save your Heralds each week. The notes will help you when you are ready to write your suggestion.

Where to send your suggestion will be announced at a later date, at this theater and in the newspapers.

This $10,000 prize is open to every man, woman and child. Somebody is going to earn it - wil it be YOU?


THE DIAMOND FROM THE SKY (1915) herald with Irving Cummings and Lottie Pickford


Chapter Eighteen


By Roy L. McCardell


Lottie Pickford, Esther
Irving Cummings, Arthur Stanley II Alias John Powell
William Russell, Blair Stanley
Eugenie Forde, Hagar
George Periolat, Luke Lovell
Charlotte Burton, Vivian Marston
W. J. Tedmarsh, Quabba-the-hunchback
Orral Humphrey, Marmaduke Smythe

Luke Lovell fights to protect Esther

Vivian is threatened by Durand

The Fight Aboard the Yacht


Col. Arthur Stanley and his cousin, Judge Stanley, Virginians, are bitter enemies over the possession of a wonderful diamond found centuries ago in a fallen meteor. To deceive his cousin, Col. Stanley buys a gypsy baby boy as an heir to the precious stone. He christens the false heir Arthur. Hagar, the gypsy mother, kidnaps Esther, Col. Stanley's daughter, the "The Diamond From The Sky." Years later, both are returned to Doctor Lee, who is Esther's legal guardian. Over the possession of the jewel, wild adventures follow fast. Blair, the judge's son, kills Doctor Lee and steals the diamond. Arthur Stanley is suspected. Arthur loves Esther. He goes to the far West, where he becomes immensely rich through vast oil fields which he owns under the name of John Powell. "The Diamond From The Sky" is lost and finally recovered by Esther. She and Quabba, her hunchback protector, have gone West in search of Arthur. On Arthur's palatial yacht, Esther encounters Blair, who, with Luke Lovell and vVivian maston, the adventuress, seeks the jewel. Blair attempts to jerk the diamond from Esther's neck. She thwarts him by plunging headlong into the deep, cold water of the bay.

Synopsis of Chapter 18 - "The Charm Against harm." Esther is recsued by Quabba, who carries her safely to shore. On the deck of Arthur's yacht, Blair and luke lovell engage in a mighty struggle. Locked in a fighting clinch, both fall into the water, Blair deals Luke a cruel blow in the face and swims back to the yacht's ladder. With much difficulty, Luke reaches short. Arthur, at his mines, learns of Esther's presence in the west and goes at once to see her. Meanwhile, Quabbe and Ester in the mountains, have gone to the town of mammoth, where Peter huff is proprietor of a notorious resort known as "Pete's Palace." Frank Durand, "The King of Diamonds" also reaches "Pete's Palace", where Luke Lovell has obtained employment. At length come Arthur and Marmaduke Smythe. Esther and Quabba have entered the resort to obtain the necessary nourishment. A half-drunk cowboy offers insult to Esther. Luke Lovell steps in. A free-for-all fight follows, the drink-crazed men and women struggling about in all parts of the spacious hall. Arthur sees Esther's peril and leaps into the fray. He deals about him right and left with telling effect, but the odds are against him. The Surging crowd crashes into one of the walls of the structure. The wall gives way. The building falls. Arthur and most of the struggling crowd are buried beneath the fallen timbers.

$10,000 is offered for the most suitable suggestion for a sequel to this marvelous photoplay.

"The Flying A"

Lottie Pickford in THE DIAMOND IN THE SKY (1915) sheet music




Lyric by LEO WOOD          Music by Leo BENNETT

The Cadillac Music Co.
1416 Broadway   New York
B. Feldman & Co. London

with Lottie Pickford, William Russell, and Irving Cummings. Directed by Jacques Jacard and William Desmond Taylor. American (Flying A).

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This work (The Diamond From the Sky (1915), by Flying A Studios), identified by Bruce Calvert, is free of known copyright restrictions.



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