THE SPIDERS PART 2: THE DIAMOND SHIP (1920)
(a.k.a. DIE SPINNEN, 2. TEIL: DAS BRILLANTENSCHIFF)
Article #477 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 7-5-2002
Posting date: 11-28-2002
An adventurer tries to prevent a criminal organization from acquiring a fabled diamond.
This was the second of what was projected to be four movies that followed the exploits of an adventurer and his encounters with a criminal organization known as The Spiders. Only the first two were made. Both this and the first one can work well enough as stories that stand alone outside of the serial structure. The plot is a bit complicated, moreso than the first episode, and involves a hidden underground city in San Francisco, India, the Falkland Islands, and a ship known as the Storm Bird. Fritz Lang wasn’t quite as skilled at this point as he would later become, but this is a fairly entertaining yarn nonetheless.