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Prior to its New York opening, Arthur Clavering Gunter's play had a brief preview run in Chicago during the first week of Jan 1893. The 1914 Vitagraph film My Official Wife , directed by James Young and starring Clara Kimball Young, also was based on Richard Henry Savage's novel, but did not acknowledge Gunter's play (see ... More Less

Prior to its New York opening, Arthur Clavering Gunter's play had a brief preview run in Chicago during the first week of Jan 1893. The 1914 Vitagraph film My Official Wife , directed by James Young and starring Clara Kimball Young, also was based on Richard Henry Savage's novel, but did not acknowledge Gunter's play (see entry). More Less

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Film Daily
17 Oct 1926.
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Los Angeles Times
18 Oct 1926
p. A9.
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LITERARY
Based on the play My Official Wife by Arthur Clavering Gunter (New York, 23 Jan 1893), which was based on the novel of the same name by Richard Henry Savage (New York, 1891).
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 October 1926
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 15 October 1926
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
22 September 1926
Copyright Number:
LP23142
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,846
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Countess Hélène, who is engaged to Ivan, a dissolute scion of the nobility, attends a masquerade alone and is accosted by six young men of Ivan's set who take her by force to an inn and cast lots for her. Sascha, son of a grand duke, assaults her; and to forestall trouble, his father accuses Hélène of being in league with Nihilists. Following a hearing, she is exiled to Siberia; but the remorseful Sascha arranges to have her rescued and sent to Vienna. There Hélène becomes a cafe dancer, and Sascha, under the name of Alexander, falls in love with her. Her desire for revenge leads her to return to Russia as his "official wife," and he leads her to believe that his friend Nicholas is the guilty party. Before leaving for the war, Sascha discloses his identity; following the Revolution, Sascha flees to Vienna, destitute, and there meets Hélène, who forgives him and finds happiness in his ... +


Countess Hélène, who is engaged to Ivan, a dissolute scion of the nobility, attends a masquerade alone and is accosted by six young men of Ivan's set who take her by force to an inn and cast lots for her. Sascha, son of a grand duke, assaults her; and to forestall trouble, his father accuses Hélène of being in league with Nihilists. Following a hearing, she is exiled to Siberia; but the remorseful Sascha arranges to have her rescued and sent to Vienna. There Hélène becomes a cafe dancer, and Sascha, under the name of Alexander, falls in love with her. Her desire for revenge leads her to return to Russia as his "official wife," and he leads her to believe that his friend Nicholas is the guilty party. Before leaving for the war, Sascha discloses his identity; following the Revolution, Sascha flees to Vienna, destitute, and there meets Hélène, who forgives him and finds happiness in his love. +

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