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HISTORY

This film capitalized on fears of German spies operating in the U.S. It was banned in Chicago, however, for the graphicness of its torture scenes. Sources differ concerning the film's ... More Less

This film capitalized on fears of German spies operating in the U.S. It was banned in Chicago, however, for the graphicness of its torture scenes. Sources differ concerning the film's length. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
11 Aug 17
p. 785.
Motog
25 Aug 17
p. 424.
MPN
18 Aug 17
p. 1149.
MPW
10 Nov 17
p. 875.
NYDM
18 Aug 17
p. 19.
Variety
17 Aug 17
p. 29.
Wid's
11 Oct 17
p. 654-55.
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 August 1917
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
26 August 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11352
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6-8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Challenged for his lack of patriotism, idler Mark Quaintance joins the Secret Service just prior to America's entry into war with Germany. Commissioned to secure the list of German spies working in the United States, Quaintance is cautioned that no sacrifice is too great. Quaintance sets sail for Germany and is followed by Greta Glaum, one of the German spies delegated to stop him from obtaining the list. Greta soon finds herself in love with Quaintance, who is unaware of her mission, and her love prompts her to renounce Germany and help Quaintance locate the spy list. When he is surprised in the act of stealing the papers, Greta carries the list to the American ambassador. Eventually both spies are apprehended by the Germans and tortured in an attempt to make them divulge the whereabouts of the papers. Sentenced to death, they march together to the ... +


Challenged for his lack of patriotism, idler Mark Quaintance joins the Secret Service just prior to America's entry into war with Germany. Commissioned to secure the list of German spies working in the United States, Quaintance is cautioned that no sacrifice is too great. Quaintance sets sail for Germany and is followed by Greta Glaum, one of the German spies delegated to stop him from obtaining the list. Greta soon finds herself in love with Quaintance, who is unaware of her mission, and her love prompts her to renounce Germany and help Quaintance locate the spy list. When he is surprised in the act of stealing the papers, Greta carries the list to the American ambassador. Eventually both spies are apprehended by the Germans and tortured in an attempt to make them divulge the whereabouts of the papers. Sentenced to death, they march together to the executioner. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
World War I


Subject

Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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