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HISTORY

This film opened at the Vitagraph Theatre in New York on 13 Jul 1914. It was re-released by Greater Vitagraph, V-L-S-E on 25 Dec 1916. Arthur Clavering Gunter adapted Richard Henry Savage's novel into a play of the same name that had a brief run on Broadway, beginning on 23 Jan 1893. Available contemporary reviews for the 1914 film do not credit Gunter's play, although reviews for the 1926 Warner Bros. production of My Official Wife credit both Gunter's play and Savage's novel as sources of that film. The 1926 film was directed by Paul Stein and starred Irene Rich and Conway Tearle (see ... More Less

This film opened at the Vitagraph Theatre in New York on 13 Jul 1914. It was re-released by Greater Vitagraph, V-L-S-E on 25 Dec 1916. Arthur Clavering Gunter adapted Richard Henry Savage's novel into a play of the same name that had a brief run on Broadway, beginning on 23 Jan 1893. Available contemporary reviews for the 1914 film do not credit Gunter's play, although reviews for the 1926 Warner Bros. production of My Official Wife credit both Gunter's play and Savage's novel as sources of that film. The 1926 film was directed by Paul Stein and starred Irene Rich and Conway Tearle (see entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
16 Dec 16
p. 132.
MPN
8 Aug 14
p. 68.
MPN
16 Dec 14
p. 3859, 3784
MPN
24 Oct 14
p. 510.
MPW
6 Jun 14
p. 1390.
MPW
29 Aug 14
p. 1288.
MPW
16 Dec 16
p. 1347.
MPW
6 Jan 17
p. 138.
New York Times
14 Jul 14
p. 9.
NYDM
1 Apr 14
p. 34.
NYDM
22 Jul 14
p. 26.
NYDM
9 Dec 16
p. 26.
Variety
17 Jul 14
p. 17.
DETAILS
Release Date:
August 1914
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
11 August 1914
Copyright Number:
LP3182
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5 , 6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Helene Marie, a nihilist, persuades American Arthur Bainbridge Lennox to allow her to assume the role of his wife so that she can cross the Russian border. Although Lennox is already married and is deeply shocked by Helene's political views, he falls in love with her. He is unaware of the fact that while they are sharing a hotel room, she has been conspiring with her comrades to assassinate the Czar. Although Lennox discovers Helene in the arms of her lover, Sacha Weletsky, an officer of the Royal Guard, he still accompanies her to the Grand Ball. Later, however, when Lennox learns that she plans to kill the Czar during the dance, he drugs her and carries her back to their hotel. When she awakens, Helene drugs Lennox, and accompanied by Sacha, she escapes on a yacht. The couple is then pursued by the secret police, who torpedo their vessel. Later, the corpses of Sacha and Helene, locked in an embrace, float to the surface of the ... +


Helene Marie, a nihilist, persuades American Arthur Bainbridge Lennox to allow her to assume the role of his wife so that she can cross the Russian border. Although Lennox is already married and is deeply shocked by Helene's political views, he falls in love with her. He is unaware of the fact that while they are sharing a hotel room, she has been conspiring with her comrades to assassinate the Czar. Although Lennox discovers Helene in the arms of her lover, Sacha Weletsky, an officer of the Royal Guard, he still accompanies her to the Grand Ball. Later, however, when Lennox learns that she plans to kill the Czar during the dance, he drugs her and carries her back to their hotel. When she awakens, Helene drugs Lennox, and accompanied by Sacha, she escapes on a yacht. The couple is then pursued by the secret police, who torpedo their vessel. Later, the corpses of Sacha and Helene, locked in an embrace, float to the surface of the water. +

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

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