IMP's The Baited Trap was but one ingredient of a lavish "mixed media" presentation staged at New York's Republic Theater by noted screen star King Baggott. The presentation began with a brief "life" prologue, ostensibly set at a movie studio. The actors, cast as studio personnel, busy themselves with their duties while awaiting the arrival of Baggott. Word reaches them that he has been unavoidably detained, whereupon one of the crewmen suggests that, to pass the time, they head to the projection room to run off the finished scenes of the star's latest production, The Baited Trap. At this point, a screen is lowered, and the audience is shown some 1,400 feet of Baggott's work in progress. It's a rip-roaring melodrama, in which hero Dennis (Baggott), an Irish immigrant, is lured into a gangster trap when the villains kidnap his sweetheart, Nora. Just as the story comes to an end, the film runs out, and the action is picked up by the "live" actors, who complain that the best scenes in the picture had been cut. At this juncture, Baggott appears and makes the spirited suggestion that the gathered cast members restage the ending of the picture as it was supposed to have been shown. According to Variety, the film actors proved to be expert stage personalities, their voices matching their personalities perfectly. Alas, by the time talking pictures became a reality, King Baggott was considered a has-been, reduced to bit parts and walk-ons.
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