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The 1 Sep 1917 Motion Picture News announced that Alfred Vosburg, who had been a leading man in Vitagraph films, would be introduced as Alfred Whitman in The Red Prince, in which he played the half-Incan "Dorian," dubbed "The Red Prince" during his upbringing in England because of his reddish skin. An article in the 3 Nov 1917 Motography explains that director William Wolbert studied Peruvian history and religion to create authentic atmosphere. One of the film's most impressive sets, built on a mountain, was a large stone replica of the Inca sun god Inti, which weighed seven tons. The film's title referred to the sun, regarded as a "fiery god" by the Incas.
       The Flaming Omen was Vitagraph's "Blue Ribbon Feature" for the week of 29 Oct ... More Less

The 1 Sep 1917 Motion Picture News announced that Alfred Vosburg, who had been a leading man in Vitagraph films, would be introduced as Alfred Whitman in The Red Prince, in which he played the half-Incan "Dorian," dubbed "The Red Prince" during his upbringing in England because of his reddish skin. An article in the 3 Nov 1917 Motography explains that director William Wolbert studied Peruvian history and religion to create authentic atmosphere. One of the film's most impressive sets, built on a mountain, was a large stone replica of the Inca sun god Inti, which weighed seven tons. The film's title referred to the sun, regarded as a "fiery god" by the Incas.
       The Flaming Omen was Vitagraph's "Blue Ribbon Feature" for the week of 29 Oct 1917. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
1 Sep 1917
p. 1487.
Motion Picture News
10 Nov 1917
p. 3266, 3486
Motography
3 Nov 1917
p. 917.
Motography
10 Nov 1917
p. 1001.
Moving Picture World
10 Nov 1917
p. 873, 919
NYDM
14 Oct 1916
p. 26.
Variety
26 Oct 1917
p. 32.
Wid's
1 Nov 1917
p. 705.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Red Prince
Release Date:
29 October 1917
Copyright Claimant:
The Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
22 October 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11622
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Coya, a native Peruvian girl, is deserted by her lover Watkins, a brutal English colonist who returns to his home country after plundering a gold fortune in Peru. Five years later, when Coya kills herself at the foot of the statue of the sun god Inti, her little boy Dorian is found by another, more benign colonist, Lord Haviland, who takes the child to England to raise as his own son. Grown to manhood, Dorian is troubled by visions of an Incan woman kneeling at the foot of an image. These visions interfere with his relationship with Violet, the daughter of Watkins, who had, upon his return to England, married a woman of aristocratic birth. When Dorian inherits his father's wealth and title, he revisits the land of his birth and meets a local girl named Bianca. The two are strongly attracted to each other, but Bianca is desired by the Inca chieftain Natcho. Furious at being repulsed, Natcho leads his tribesmen in an attack on the English visitors. In the ensuing battle, Violet and her father, who had followed Dorian to Peru, are mortally wounded. On his deathbed, Watkins confesses that he is Dorian's father. Thus freed of his mysterious attraction to his half-sister Violet, Dorian marries ... +


Coya, a native Peruvian girl, is deserted by her lover Watkins, a brutal English colonist who returns to his home country after plundering a gold fortune in Peru. Five years later, when Coya kills herself at the foot of the statue of the sun god Inti, her little boy Dorian is found by another, more benign colonist, Lord Haviland, who takes the child to England to raise as his own son. Grown to manhood, Dorian is troubled by visions of an Incan woman kneeling at the foot of an image. These visions interfere with his relationship with Violet, the daughter of Watkins, who had, upon his return to England, married a woman of aristocratic birth. When Dorian inherits his father's wealth and title, he revisits the land of his birth and meets a local girl named Bianca. The two are strongly attracted to each other, but Bianca is desired by the Inca chieftain Natcho. Furious at being repulsed, Natcho leads his tribesmen in an attack on the English visitors. In the ensuing battle, Violet and her father, who had followed Dorian to Peru, are mortally wounded. On his deathbed, Watkins confesses that he is Dorian's father. Thus freed of his mysterious attraction to his half-sister Violet, Dorian marries Blanca. +

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