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The pre-release title of the film was He Who Returned . The film had its premiere in Los Angeles on 17 Apr 1916. It opened in New York in early Jun 1916. Modern sources vary on the credits for Civilization . Some give West and Barker sole directing credit, while others include Ince, and both Ince and Le Roy Stone are cited as the film's editor. Some sources credit Joseph August and Clyde de Vinna as the principal assistants to Irvin Willat, whom Wid's refers to as "camera man in charge," while others list Dal Clawson.
       Modern sources occasionally call the film a Kay Bee production, but this seems doubtful. Kay Bee was Ince's production company at the time of Civilization , but no contemporary sources mention it. Instead, they refer to the film as an Ince production. The distribution of the film further indicates that it was not a Kay Bee production: Civilization was distributed on a state rights basis, while the Triangle Film Corporation routinely distributed the Kay Bee films of the period. According to the 1918 MSPD , editor Le Roy Stone took an active part in the exploitation of this ... More Less

The pre-release title of the film was He Who Returned . The film had its premiere in Los Angeles on 17 Apr 1916. It opened in New York in early Jun 1916. Modern sources vary on the credits for Civilization . Some give West and Barker sole directing credit, while others include Ince, and both Ince and Le Roy Stone are cited as the film's editor. Some sources credit Joseph August and Clyde de Vinna as the principal assistants to Irvin Willat, whom Wid's refers to as "camera man in charge," while others list Dal Clawson.
       Modern sources occasionally call the film a Kay Bee production, but this seems doubtful. Kay Bee was Ince's production company at the time of Civilization , but no contemporary sources mention it. Instead, they refer to the film as an Ince production. The distribution of the film further indicates that it was not a Kay Bee production: Civilization was distributed on a state rights basis, while the Triangle Film Corporation routinely distributed the Kay Bee films of the period. According to the 1918 MSPD , editor Le Roy Stone took an active part in the exploitation of this film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
25 Mar 16
p. 681.
Motog
17 Jun 16
p. 1396.
Motog
1 Jul 16
p. 29.
MPN
15 Apr 16
p. 460.
MPN
23 Sep 16
p. 1851.
MPN
30 Dec 16
p. 4217.
MPW
17 Jun 16
p. 2056.
New York Times
3 Jun 16
p. 11.
NYDM
1 Apr 16
p. 25.
NYDM
15 Apr 16
p. 35.
NYDM
29 Apr 16
p. 31.
NYDM
6 May 16
p. 26, 35.
NYDM
10 Jun 16
p. 27.
Variety
9 Jun 16
p. 23.
Wid's
8 Jun 16
p. 628.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
He Who Returned
Release Date:
17 April 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Thomas H. Ince
Copyright Date:
15 July 1916
Copyright Number:
LU8703
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

To the delight of the King of Wredpryd, war-loving Count Ferdinand has developed a submarine capable of destroying the enemy, but then the count falls under the influence of peace activist Katheryn Haldemann and becomes a convert to her cause. In battle Ferdinand purposely sinks his own ship and then drowns himself as a sacrifice to peace. Finding Ferdinand's body, the king's scientists bring it back to life, but now it contains the soul of Christ, and the resurrected count tries to spread a message of love. Displeased that Ferdinand no longer wants to wage war, the king sentences him to death, but when the king enters Ferdinand's cell, the body is limp and Christ has materialized above it. He gives the king a vision of the horrors of war, and a sobered monarch declares that he will now devote his life to ... +


To the delight of the King of Wredpryd, war-loving Count Ferdinand has developed a submarine capable of destroying the enemy, but then the count falls under the influence of peace activist Katheryn Haldemann and becomes a convert to her cause. In battle Ferdinand purposely sinks his own ship and then drowns himself as a sacrifice to peace. Finding Ferdinand's body, the king's scientists bring it back to life, but now it contains the soul of Christ, and the resurrected count tries to spread a message of love. Displeased that Ferdinand no longer wants to wage war, the king sentences him to death, but when the king enters Ferdinand's cell, the body is limp and Christ has materialized above it. He gives the king a vision of the horrors of war, and a sobered monarch declares that he will now devote his life to peace. +

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