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Sources conflict concerning the cameraman of this film. A review lists Jules Cronjager, while the 1918 MPSD lists Henry Cronjager. The actor portraying Monsieur Landeau may actually be Frank Andrews. Some scenes in this film were shot at Huntington, Long Island. Scenes portraying the Battle of the Marne were shot between Huntington and Centerport with 400 U.S. ... More Less

Sources conflict concerning the cameraman of this film. A review lists Jules Cronjager, while the 1918 MPSD lists Henry Cronjager. The actor portraying Monsieur Landeau may actually be Frank Andrews. Some scenes in this film were shot at Huntington, Long Island. Scenes portraying the Battle of the Marne were shot between Huntington and Centerport with 400 U.S. soldiers. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
6 Oct 17
p. 737.
MPN
22 Sep 17
p. 1992.
MPN
29 Sep 17
p. 2205.
MPW
14 Sep 17
p. 35.
NYDM
14 Jul 17
p. 20.
NYDM
21 Jul 17
p. 21.
NYDM
22 Sep 17
p. 18.
Variety
28 Sep 17
p. 40.
Wid's
27 Sep 17
pp. 614-15.
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 September 1917
Copyright Claimant:
The Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
18 September 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11420
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When war is declared, Gerald Ackland, a young West Pointer studying aviation in Paris, joins the French army as a pilot while his fiancée, Marthe Landeau, and her father seek sanctuary on the family farm on the Marne. Gerald is provided the opportunity to put his lessons into practice when one day, while flying a scouting mission over the Landeau farm, he sees Marthe being attacked by German soldiers. He swoops down from the sky, saving both Marthe and her father, and the three take refuge with the recently arrived British cavalry. In the morning, they are attacked by Germans, and Gerald, assisted by Marthe, helps fend off the enemy by manning the British machine gun. The French troops arrive just in the nick of time and Gerald, badly wounded, is transported to a Red Cross hospital where he is nursed back to health by ... +


When war is declared, Gerald Ackland, a young West Pointer studying aviation in Paris, joins the French army as a pilot while his fiancée, Marthe Landeau, and her father seek sanctuary on the family farm on the Marne. Gerald is provided the opportunity to put his lessons into practice when one day, while flying a scouting mission over the Landeau farm, he sees Marthe being attacked by German soldiers. He swoops down from the sky, saving both Marthe and her father, and the three take refuge with the recently arrived British cavalry. In the morning, they are attacked by Germans, and Gerald, assisted by Marthe, helps fend off the enemy by manning the British machine gun. The French troops arrive just in the nick of time and Gerald, badly wounded, is transported to a Red Cross hospital where he is nursed back to health by Marthe. +

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