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Several contemporary news items reported that Whom the Gods Destroy incited protests by some Irish groups who contended that it was pro-British. Other news items mentioned that the film was banned in Britain as pro-Irish. This film marked popular actress Alice Joyce's return to the screen after a long absence. The film was said to be a loose parallel of the true story of Sir Roger Casement who was hanged by the British government. Mr. Siegel is probably Bernard Siegel, a frequent Vitagraph ... More Less

Several contemporary news items reported that Whom the Gods Destroy incited protests by some Irish groups who contended that it was pro-British. Other news items mentioned that the film was banned in Britain as pro-Irish. This film marked popular actress Alice Joyce's return to the screen after a long absence. The film was said to be a loose parallel of the true story of Sir Roger Casement who was hanged by the British government. Mr. Siegel is probably Bernard Siegel, a frequent Vitagraph player. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
16 Dec 16
p. 136.
ETR
27 Jan 17
p. 575.
Motog
23 Dec 16
p. 1396.
MPN
1 Dec 17
p. 18.
MPW
23 Dec 16
p. 1859.
NYDM
16 Dec 16
p. 26.
Variety
8 Dec 16
p. 29.
Wid's
14 Dec 16
p. 1169.
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 December 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
6 December 1916
Copyright Number:
LP9672
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

As World War I begins, Irish rebels plan to use the British preoccupation with Germany to their advantage. Sir Denis Esmond, an Irish leader, intends to fight the English, while his close friend Leslie St. George Leigh loses his eyesight fighting for England in the North Sea. Denis and Leslie both love Mary O'Neil, an Irish girl, who refuses to decide between them until the Irish question is settled. Mary allows Leslie to convalesce at her family's castle; then, when Irish rebels come looking for Denis, Leslie tries to convince him of the high cost of rebellion. He succeeds, but as Denis is about to address the rebels with an English flag, Mary substitutes an Irish one, and the British eventually battle the Irish and arrest Denis as a traitor. Despite Mary's pleas and those of Denis' mother, he is sentenced to hang. Through the eventual intervention of his friend General Ramsay, however, Denis is pardoned. Leslie, thinking that his blindness will prevent a successful marriage to Mary, withdraws, but she finally makes him realize that even his blindness cannot alter her love, and they become ... +


As World War I begins, Irish rebels plan to use the British preoccupation with Germany to their advantage. Sir Denis Esmond, an Irish leader, intends to fight the English, while his close friend Leslie St. George Leigh loses his eyesight fighting for England in the North Sea. Denis and Leslie both love Mary O'Neil, an Irish girl, who refuses to decide between them until the Irish question is settled. Mary allows Leslie to convalesce at her family's castle; then, when Irish rebels come looking for Denis, Leslie tries to convince him of the high cost of rebellion. He succeeds, but as Denis is about to address the rebels with an English flag, Mary substitutes an Irish one, and the British eventually battle the Irish and arrest Denis as a traitor. Despite Mary's pleas and those of Denis' mother, he is sentenced to hang. Through the eventual intervention of his friend General Ramsay, however, Denis is pardoned. Leslie, thinking that his blindness will prevent a successful marriage to Mary, withdraws, but she finally makes him realize that even his blindness cannot alter her love, and they become engaged. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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