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The pre-release title of this film was The Snowbird . Alexis Kosloff was a famous dancer with the Russian Imperial Ballet. Some sources erroneously credit Cecil Fletcher with the role of "Richard ... More Less

The pre-release title of this film was The Snowbird . Alexis Kosloff was a famous dancer with the Russian Imperial Ballet. Some sources erroneously credit Cecil Fletcher with the role of "Richard Moraino." More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
10 Mar 1917
p. 974
Motion Picture News
23 Dec 1916
p. 4030
Motion Picture News
10 Feb 1917
p. 892
Motion Picture News
17 Mar 1917
p. 1716
Motion Picture Studio Directory
12 Apr 1917
p. 69
Motography
8 Apr 1916
p. 830
Motography
23 Dec 1916
p. 1392
Motography
17 Feb 1917
p. 376
Motography
24 Feb 1917
p. 410
Motography
10 Mar 1917
p. 525, 531-532, 545
Motography
17 Mar 1917
p. 593
Moving Picture World
30 Dec 1916
p. 1983
Moving Picture World
17 Mar 1917
p. 1755
Moving Picture World
24 Mar 1917
p. 1990
NYDM
10 Mar 1917
p. 26
Photoplay
May 1917
p. 145
Suburbanite Economist (Chicago)
9 Mar 1917
p. 3
Variety
2 Mar 1917
p. 29
Wid's Daily
18 Mar 1917
p. 152
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Snowbird
The Snow Bird
Release Date:
12 March 1917
Premiere Information:
Chicago opening: 12 March 1917
Production Date:
began late 1916
Copyright Claimant:
World Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
28 February 1917
Copyright Number:
LU10283
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The Russian court's refusal to recognize the marriage of the Grand Duke Alexis and Lola Cortez, the prima ballerina of the St. Petersburg ballet, leaves the duke powerless to foil a plot against his wife's life. Lola flees to Paris, leaving her baby daughter Vasta in the care of Marta Antonovitch, who is in charge of the girls at the Imperial Ballet school. Years later, Vasta, ignorant of her parentage, has developed into the star pupil at the school and Michael Pavloff, impressario of the Russian ballet, learning of the girl's lineage, chooses her to dance in his Paris ballet, but Marta refuses to let her pupil go. Disguising herself as a boy, Vasta eludes the matron and reaches Paris, where she is starred in the ballet. Pavloff, an admirer of Vasta's mother, is also attracted to Vasta and kidnaps her one night when the stage is darkened during a performance. She is taken to Pavloff's apartment where her mother discovers her, shoots her abductor and reveals her identity to her daughter. At that moment, the duke arrives and, apprised of the situation, takes responsibility for the killing, testifying that he was defending his wife's honor. Lola then returns with her husband to St. Petersburg and Vasta stays behind to marry artist Richard ... +


The Russian court's refusal to recognize the marriage of the Grand Duke Alexis and Lola Cortez, the prima ballerina of the St. Petersburg ballet, leaves the duke powerless to foil a plot against his wife's life. Lola flees to Paris, leaving her baby daughter Vasta in the care of Marta Antonovitch, who is in charge of the girls at the Imperial Ballet school. Years later, Vasta, ignorant of her parentage, has developed into the star pupil at the school and Michael Pavloff, impressario of the Russian ballet, learning of the girl's lineage, chooses her to dance in his Paris ballet, but Marta refuses to let her pupil go. Disguising herself as a boy, Vasta eludes the matron and reaches Paris, where she is starred in the ballet. Pavloff, an admirer of Vasta's mother, is also attracted to Vasta and kidnaps her one night when the stage is darkened during a performance. She is taken to Pavloff's apartment where her mother discovers her, shoots her abductor and reveals her identity to her daughter. At that moment, the duke arrives and, apprised of the situation, takes responsibility for the killing, testifying that he was defending his wife's honor. Lola then returns with her husband to St. Petersburg and Vasta stays behind to marry artist Richard Moraino. +

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