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The original title of this film was The Refugee . The film was also called A Maid of Belgium and was entered into the copyright catalog under this title. Some scenes were shot on the estate of a prominent New York banker on Long Island Sound, according to publicity for the film. The film opened in New York in Oct 1917. According to Wid's , Roy L. McCardell was the author of the ... More Less

The original title of this film was The Refugee . The film was also called A Maid of Belgium and was entered into the copyright catalog under this title. Some scenes were shot on the estate of a prominent New York banker on Long Island Sound, according to publicity for the film. The film opened in New York in Oct 1917. According to Wid's , Roy L. McCardell was the author of the story. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
10 Nov 17
p. 1000.
MPN
10 Nov 17
p. 3267, 3306
MPW
3 Nov 17
p. 710.
MPW
15 Jun 18
p. 3618.
New York Times
15 Oct 17
p. 11.
Variety
19 Oct 17
p. 33.
Wid's
25 Oct 17
pp. 687-88.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
A Maid of Belgium
The Refugee
Release Date:
5 November 1917
Copyright Claimant:
World Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
26 October 1917
Copyright Number:
LU11643
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Crazed by the war horrors that she has experienced, Adoree, a young Belgian girl, is found by the Hudsons, a wealthy American couple who take the amnesia-stricken girl back to the United States with them. Soon after, Roger Hudson is called away to business in South America, and when his wife Claire discovers that Adoree is pregnant, she convinces the girl to allow the Hudsons to claim the child as theirs. The child is born and Dr. Thorn cables Hudson to come home because his wife has given birth. Meanwhile, Adoree, longing for her baby, steals the infant and disappears. Finding the girl's coat near a lake, Hudson assumes that she has drowned and dynamites the lake in order to locate her body. The explosions restore Adoree's memory, and she recalls her marriage to the Vicomte Jean de Michelet, who happens to be in town raising money for Belgian relief. The vicomte is brought to his wife and the family is happily ... +


Crazed by the war horrors that she has experienced, Adoree, a young Belgian girl, is found by the Hudsons, a wealthy American couple who take the amnesia-stricken girl back to the United States with them. Soon after, Roger Hudson is called away to business in South America, and when his wife Claire discovers that Adoree is pregnant, she convinces the girl to allow the Hudsons to claim the child as theirs. The child is born and Dr. Thorn cables Hudson to come home because his wife has given birth. Meanwhile, Adoree, longing for her baby, steals the infant and disappears. Finding the girl's coat near a lake, Hudson assumes that she has drowned and dynamites the lake in order to locate her body. The explosions restore Adoree's memory, and she recalls her marriage to the Vicomte Jean de Michelet, who happens to be in town raising money for Belgian relief. The vicomte is brought to his wife and the family is happily reunited. +

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