The Claws of the Hun (1918)

Drama | 8 July 1918

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
13 Jul 18
pp. 464-65, 474
MPN
13 Jul 18
p. 208, 252
MPW
13 Jul 18
p. 256.
MPW
13 Apr 18
p. 284.
New York Times
1 Jul 18
p. 9.
NYDM
13 Jul 18
p. 55.
Variety
5 Jul 18
p. 29.
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 July 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Thomas H. Ince Corp.
Copyright Date:
22 June 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12601
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,503
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When the United States enters World War I, John Stanton wants to enlist, but his sick mother prevents him from going "over there" by telling him that the shock of his leaving would kill her. Frustrated when his friends and his fiancée, Virginia Lee, label him a slacker, John goes on a drinking spree and later is put into the room occupied by Alfred Werner, a German spy in the confidence of the elder Stanton, a munitions manufacturer. When John learns of Werner's plot to secure Godfrey Stanton's formula for a powerful explosive, he foils the plan and rescues his father at the risk of his own life. John's mother, realizing the necessity of defeating the Germans, sends her son off to war with her ... +


When the United States enters World War I, John Stanton wants to enlist, but his sick mother prevents him from going "over there" by telling him that the shock of his leaving would kill her. Frustrated when his friends and his fiancée, Virginia Lee, label him a slacker, John goes on a drinking spree and later is put into the room occupied by Alfred Werner, a German spy in the confidence of the elder Stanton, a munitions manufacturer. When John learns of Werner's plot to secure Godfrey Stanton's formula for a powerful explosive, he foils the plan and rescues his father at the risk of his own life. John's mother, realizing the necessity of defeating the Germans, sends her son off to war with her blessing. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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