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This film was also called The Devil-Stone in some reviews and news items. It was made at the Lasky studios. According to a news item, certain scenes in this film, including those showing the jewel known as the "Devil-Stone," were colored by a process developed by director DeMille and cameraman Alvin Wyckoff. According to modern sources, Charles Whittaker was the assistant director. Although no production company was listed for the film, it was made under the auspices of Famous Players-Lasky Corp., which at the time had a controlling interest in Artcraft Pictures Corp., the distributor and financial backer of the ... More Less

This film was also called The Devil-Stone in some reviews and news items. It was made at the Lasky studios. According to a news item, certain scenes in this film, including those showing the jewel known as the "Devil-Stone," were colored by a process developed by director DeMille and cameraman Alvin Wyckoff. According to modern sources, Charles Whittaker was the assistant director. Although no production company was listed for the film, it was made under the auspices of Famous Players-Lasky Corp., which at the time had a controlling interest in Artcraft Pictures Corp., the distributor and financial backer of the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPW
29 Dec 17
p. 1996.
MPW
2 Feb 18
p. 832.
New York Times
8 Apr 16
p. 281.
NYDM
29 Dec 17
p. 16.
Variety
21 Dec 17
p. 46.
Wid's
20 Dec 17
pp. 813-14.
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 December 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Artcraft Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
28 November 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11763
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Marcia Manot, a Breton fishermaid, finds the priceless emerald which harbors a curse that demands that, because it was stolen from its Christian keepers, it will forever serve the devil until restored to the church. Silas Martin, the avaricious American owner of the Brittany fisheries, marries Marcia to gain possession of the stone. Soon discovering that her husband cares only for the gem, Marcia accepts the sympathies of Martin's general manager, Guy Sterling. When Martin steals the jewel, Marcia demands to have it back, and in self-defense strikes her husband on the head with a candlestick. After the body is found, Sterling is accused of the crime, but is then exonerated and the murder remains a mystery until Sterling hires expert criminologist Robert Judson to solve the crime. When Judson discovers Marcia's role in the death, she pleads self-defense and returns the emerald to the church, thus ridding herself of the curse of the ... +


Marcia Manot, a Breton fishermaid, finds the priceless emerald which harbors a curse that demands that, because it was stolen from its Christian keepers, it will forever serve the devil until restored to the church. Silas Martin, the avaricious American owner of the Brittany fisheries, marries Marcia to gain possession of the stone. Soon discovering that her husband cares only for the gem, Marcia accepts the sympathies of Martin's general manager, Guy Sterling. When Martin steals the jewel, Marcia demands to have it back, and in self-defense strikes her husband on the head with a candlestick. After the body is found, Sterling is accused of the crime, but is then exonerated and the murder remains a mystery until Sterling hires expert criminologist Robert Judson to solve the crime. When Judson discovers Marcia's role in the death, she pleads self-defense and returns the emerald to the church, thus ridding herself of the curse of the devil-stone. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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