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The 13 Oct 1917 Moving Picture World announced that the title was changed from The Dynast to The Lash of Power. The film was reviewed by one source under the title The Lust of Power .
       The synopsis included in the copyright descriptions lists the character played by Gertrude Astor as "Mrs. Rand," and the character portrayed by Carmel Myers as "Marion ... More Less

The 13 Oct 1917 Moving Picture World announced that the title was changed from The Dynast to The Lash of Power. The film was reviewed by one source under the title The Lust of Power .
       The synopsis included in the copyright descriptions lists the character played by Gertrude Astor as "Mrs. Rand," and the character portrayed by Carmel Myers as "Marion Gregory." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
3 Nov 1917
p. 3047, 3087
Motion Picture News
17 Nov 1917
p. 3484.
Motion Picture News
7 Apr 1917
p. 112.
Motog
10 Nov 1917
p. 988.
Moving Picture World
13 Oct 1917
p. 262.
Moving Picture World
17 Nov 1917
p. 1034.
Moving Picture World
24 Nov 1917
p. 1228-30.
NYDM
10 Nov 1917
p. 19.
Variety
9 Nov 1917
p. 54.
Wid's
8 Nov 1917
p. 713.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Dynast
The Lust of Power
Release Date:
5 November 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Bluebird Photoplays, Inc.
Copyright Date:
11 October 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11545
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

John Rand, having lived in a small town his entire life, dreams of possessing wealth and power in New York. Napoleon Bonaparte has long been his ideal, and one day he feels a message from the departed general urging him to take up the fight for world supremacy. He goes to the city ready to begin the battle, and there, aided by his Napoleonic visions, John amasses a great fortune, ruthlessly destroying everyone who presents an obstacle to his lust for power. His ambitions satiated, John becomes the enemy of democracy when he sells a secret formula to an enemy power. He is later killed by an anarchist. John then awakens to find himself in his cottage, secure in his mother's devotion and the love of Marion Sherwood, the banker's ... +


John Rand, having lived in a small town his entire life, dreams of possessing wealth and power in New York. Napoleon Bonaparte has long been his ideal, and one day he feels a message from the departed general urging him to take up the fight for world supremacy. He goes to the city ready to begin the battle, and there, aided by his Napoleonic visions, John amasses a great fortune, ruthlessly destroying everyone who presents an obstacle to his lust for power. His ambitions satiated, John becomes the enemy of democracy when he sells a secret formula to an enemy power. He is later killed by an anarchist. John then awakens to find himself in his cottage, secure in his mother's devotion and the love of Marion Sherwood, the banker's daughter. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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