A Dutch-French Crime Drama

Het geheim van het staal (Joachim Goethal et le secret de l’acier)
R: Alfred Machin. D: Léon Mathot. P: Hollandsche Film. NL / Fr 1912
Distributed by Kinematograaf Pathé Frères
Print: EYE

“The Holland National Steel Foundry discovers the secret for the manufacture of a wonderful steel. Piet Goethal, an old workman of the foundry, has two prides, the steel works and his son Joachim. The latter is in love with Maria, the daughter of Alsteen, the local beer-seller, but she refuses to marry him as he has no money. Consequently Joachim falls an easy prey to a foreign secret service agent who bribes him to steal the secret formula. He is disturbed in the act and pursued through the works. To escape pursuit, he tips up a converter, which sets the foundry on fire. Old Piet becomes aware of his son’s criminal act and proclaims the young fellow’s guilt to his former masters. Joachim, however, is not arrested, for he flies to a foreign country where he seeks to expiate his guilt in exile.”

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