This Edison-produced detective melodrama begins when an unfortunate young woman is found murdered in her own home. A world-famous sleuth (not Sherlock Holmes, though he might as well have been) is brought in to investigate. Applying the time-honored "third degree," he literally sweats a confession out of the guilty party. Of special interest was the clever split-screen device utilized in the film; as the murderer, sitting at the right of the frame, recalls the details of the crime, the actions he describes are played out on the upper-left portion of the picture. Variety accurately described The Livingston Case as "a real film."
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