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Although NYDM states that the film was "produced under the directorship of Cecil Be De Mille" [sic], there is no other contemporary documentation confirming that DeMille did direct the film. DeMille was at this time the director-general of the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co. Sources conflict concerning the names of the characters played by Page Peters and Ernest Joy. Reviews list the characters' last name as "Rabourdin," while studio records list it as ... More Less

Although NYDM states that the film was "produced under the directorship of Cecil Be De Mille" [sic], there is no other contemporary documentation confirming that DeMille did direct the film. DeMille was at this time the director-general of the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co. Sources conflict concerning the names of the characters played by Page Peters and Ernest Joy. Reviews list the characters' last name as "Rabourdin," while studio records list it as "Ruloff." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
31 Jul 15
p. 232.
MPN
1 May 15
p. 74.
MPN
22 May 15
p. 52.
MPW
3 Jul 15
p. 86.
MPW
24 Jul 15
p. 670, 732
NYDM
21 Jul 15
p. 27.
Variety
16 Jul 15
p. 17.
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 July 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
2 July 1915
Copyright Number:
LU5705
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,930
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Russian brothers Count Boris and Alexis Rabourdin obtain a Japanese coastline defense map and plan to sell it to German agents in London. In America, Alexis schemes to marry wealthy Eve Bertram, who loves him. Boris, meanwhile, falls in love with Christine Lesley, Eve's neighbor whom Eve's brother Guy, an amateur inventor experimenting with explosives, also loves. Nogi, a Japanese spy sent to obtain the explosives, who serves as Guy's valet, plots to destroy the map. As Boris prepares to leave for London, he gives Christine an old Russian coin as a keepsake. To show Guy that she does not care for Boris, Christine attaches the coin to Guy's watch chain. That night Christine discovers Alexis' dead body. Grief stricken, Eve summons Detective Williams, who finds the coin near the body. Guy, who fought with Alexis, thinks that he killed him. After Christine agrees to marry Boris for his silence, Guy considers suicide, but during a fight, Nogi sets off an explosion killing Boris. Badly injured, Nogi confesses killing Alexis and dies as he sees Christine destroy the ... +


Russian brothers Count Boris and Alexis Rabourdin obtain a Japanese coastline defense map and plan to sell it to German agents in London. In America, Alexis schemes to marry wealthy Eve Bertram, who loves him. Boris, meanwhile, falls in love with Christine Lesley, Eve's neighbor whom Eve's brother Guy, an amateur inventor experimenting with explosives, also loves. Nogi, a Japanese spy sent to obtain the explosives, who serves as Guy's valet, plots to destroy the map. As Boris prepares to leave for London, he gives Christine an old Russian coin as a keepsake. To show Guy that she does not care for Boris, Christine attaches the coin to Guy's watch chain. That night Christine discovers Alexis' dead body. Grief stricken, Eve summons Detective Williams, who finds the coin near the body. Guy, who fought with Alexis, thinks that he killed him. After Christine agrees to marry Boris for his silence, Guy considers suicide, but during a fight, Nogi sets off an explosion killing Boris. Badly injured, Nogi confesses killing Alexis and dies as he sees Christine destroy the map. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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