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Another adaptation of Ida Alexa Ross Wylie's novel was produced by Universal Pictures in 1928. That film, entitled The Foreign Legion , was directed by Edward Sloman and starred Norman Kerry and Lewis Stone (See ... More Less

Another adaptation of Ida Alexa Ross Wylie's novel was produced by Universal Pictures in 1928. That film, entitled The Foreign Legion , was directed by Edward Sloman and starred Norman Kerry and Lewis Stone (See Entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
MPN
4 Sep 15
p. 60.
MPN
11 Sep 15
p. 65.
MPN
16 Oct 15
p. 72.
MPN
20 Mar 15
p. 39.
MPN
27 Nov 15
p. 11, 53
MPN
11 Dec 15
p. 70.
MPN
25 Dec 15
p. 120.
MPW
4 Dec 15
p. 1855.
MPW
18 Dec 15
p. 2260.
MPW
25 Dec 15
p. 2384.
New York Times
13 Dec 15
p. 13.
NYDM
25 Dec 15
p. 40.
Variety
17 Dec 15
p. 18.
DETAILS
Release Date:
9 December 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 November 1915
Copyright Number:
LU7019
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After a night of debauchery in Tangier, Richard Farquhar, the orphaned heir to a British fortune, is cut off from his allowance by his uncle. While mourning his loss in a café, Richard defends Nancy Preston, an American, against the insults of an Arab and then in an effort to reform himself, joins the Foreign Legion under an assumed name. Destinn, the captain of his regiment, also fancies Nancy, and when he sees Richard with her, orders him into the desert to track down some Bedouin bandits. Angry at Destinn's treatment of Richard, the soldiers mutiny, tying up the captain and leaving him to die in the desert. Unaware of what has occurred, Richard releases Destinn, only to be accused later of leading the mutiny. Sentenced to die, Richard is rescued from jail by Nancy but is caught escaping by Destinn. The captain lets the couple go, however, when he sees a Victoria Cross, his own, pinned on Richard, and realizes that his captive is actually his ... +


After a night of debauchery in Tangier, Richard Farquhar, the orphaned heir to a British fortune, is cut off from his allowance by his uncle. While mourning his loss in a café, Richard defends Nancy Preston, an American, against the insults of an Arab and then in an effort to reform himself, joins the Foreign Legion under an assumed name. Destinn, the captain of his regiment, also fancies Nancy, and when he sees Richard with her, orders him into the desert to track down some Bedouin bandits. Angry at Destinn's treatment of Richard, the soldiers mutiny, tying up the captain and leaving him to die in the desert. Unaware of what has occurred, Richard releases Destinn, only to be accused later of leading the mutiny. Sentenced to die, Richard is rescued from jail by Nancy but is caught escaping by Destinn. The captain lets the couple go, however, when he sees a Victoria Cross, his own, pinned on Richard, and realizes that his captive is actually his son. +

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