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This picture marked Margaret Illington's screen debut, and was written specifically for her by Charles Kenyon, who also wrote stage plays for ... More Less

This picture marked Margaret Illington's screen debut, and was written specifically for her by Charles Kenyon, who also wrote stage plays for her. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
19 May 17
p. 1680.
Motog
26 May 17
p. 1118.
MPN
19 May 17
p. 3162.
MPW
21 Jun 17
p. 392.
NYDM
12 May 17
p. 30.
NYDM
19 May 17
p. 26.
Variety
18 May 17
p. 24.
Wid's
10 May 17
p. 301.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Release Date:
3 May 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co.
Copyright Date:
30 April 1917
Copyright Number:
LP10696
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Stephen Stephani, a warlord from the country of Nordhoff, and his daughter Mary visit the enemy country of Zandria in order to unearth war secrets. Here Mary meets Paul Ekald, a young Zandrian captain, and they fall in love at first sight. When war breaks out, Stephani returns to Nordhoff, with the understanding that Mary will follow. Meanwhile, Vesta Boris, Mary's illegitimate half sister, has stolen important war plans, murdering Count Wenzel to get them, and is on her way to Nordhoff when she is stopped at the border. Seeing Mary waiting in the depot, Vesta induces her to exchange passports and goes to Nordhoff with the plans traced in invisible ink on her underskirt. Mary is then arrested and sentenced to be shot at sunrise. Her mission accomplished and learning of her sister's fate, Vesta returns and changes places with Mary, receiving the bullets of the firing squad. Soon after, peace is declared and Mary is saved by her soldier ... +


Stephen Stephani, a warlord from the country of Nordhoff, and his daughter Mary visit the enemy country of Zandria in order to unearth war secrets. Here Mary meets Paul Ekald, a young Zandrian captain, and they fall in love at first sight. When war breaks out, Stephani returns to Nordhoff, with the understanding that Mary will follow. Meanwhile, Vesta Boris, Mary's illegitimate half sister, has stolen important war plans, murdering Count Wenzel to get them, and is on her way to Nordhoff when she is stopped at the border. Seeing Mary waiting in the depot, Vesta induces her to exchange passports and goes to Nordhoff with the plans traced in invisible ink on her underskirt. Mary is then arrested and sentenced to be shot at sunrise. Her mission accomplished and learning of her sister's fate, Vesta returns and changes places with Mary, receiving the bullets of the firing squad. Soon after, peace is declared and Mary is saved by her soldier lover. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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