Released January 22, 1917, He Did It Himself is a one-reel Black Diamond Comedy filmed and produced by the United States Motion Picture Corporation (USMPC) in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The film was distributed by Paramount Pictures.
An advertisement for the film that appeared in the February 17, 1917 issue of The Moving Picture World provides this summary: “High Spigh, an ambitious but unsuccessful detective, looks over his morning paper and finds an account of how Herr Trigger, the eminent scientist, has discovered a powerful explosive and that several foreign nations are bidding for the secret–then the riot starts.”
As of the writing of this article (October 22, 2012) no prints of this film are known to survive. If you have any information about the film, please contact us.