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Marchmont, Peter. Peter Marchmont was created by Roland West (Dr. Ziska) and appeared in the play The Unknown Purple (1922); it was made into a movie in 1923.
Peter Marchmont is a scientist and inventor who is framed by his wife Jewel. She engineers this so that she can divorce him and be with her lover James Dawson. Once Marchmont is released from jail he uses one of his inventions to frame and rob the pair. His invention is a ray which emits the "unknown purple," a purplish-indigo glare that renders its user invisible. Marchmont meanwhile disguises himself as Victor Cromport to further fool the police, and operates from his hidden laboratory beneath Gotham.
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