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Several contemporary sources refer to Dam's source material as a novel, but no information about its publication has been discovered. The film was banned in Canada for its negative portrait of the Russian political system. Contemporary sources disagree over whether the film is five or six reels ... More Less

Several contemporary sources refer to Dam's source material as a novel, but no information about its publication has been discovered. The film was banned in Canada for its negative portrait of the Russian political system. Contemporary sources disagree over whether the film is five or six reels long. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
27 May 16
p. 1228.
MPN
27 May 16
p. 3234, 3267
MPW
27 May 16
p. 1584.
NYDM
20 May 16
p. 29.
NYDM
27 May 16
p. 36.
NYDM
19 Aug 16
p. 20.
Variety
19 May 16
p. 19.
Wid's
25 May 16
p. 603.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Silver Shell by H. J. W. Dam (publication undetermined).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 May 1916
Copyright Claimant:
The Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
15 May 1916
Copyright Number:
LP8303
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5-6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After Mouroff, a Nihilist, aims a bomb at Duke Karatoff and misses, Karatoff's son, Prince Paul, pursues Mouroff to an apartment, but is stunned when Valdor, Mouroff's confederate, attacks him. Sophie Karrinini, also staying at the apartment, nurses Paul back to health and he falls in love with her. Although she wants to avenge the death of her parents who were tortured by Paul's father, they marry and bear a son. Paul then discovers that Sophie is really a member of the Nihilist party. When he confronts her, Valdor knocks him unconscious and dumps him in the river. Mouroff rescues Paul but Paul loses his memory and becomes a Nihilist himself. Thinking that Paul is dead, Sophie escapes to England and falls in love with Richard, a British diplomat, who is working under cover. Five years later, everyone converges at a Nihilist meeting in London. Paul's father infiltrates the meeting, but Richard knows his true identity. At the meeting, a bullet intended for his father hits Paul and he dies. Sophie is free to marry Richard and Karatoff takes his grandson, who is heir to the throne, to his ... +


After Mouroff, a Nihilist, aims a bomb at Duke Karatoff and misses, Karatoff's son, Prince Paul, pursues Mouroff to an apartment, but is stunned when Valdor, Mouroff's confederate, attacks him. Sophie Karrinini, also staying at the apartment, nurses Paul back to health and he falls in love with her. Although she wants to avenge the death of her parents who were tortured by Paul's father, they marry and bear a son. Paul then discovers that Sophie is really a member of the Nihilist party. When he confronts her, Valdor knocks him unconscious and dumps him in the river. Mouroff rescues Paul but Paul loses his memory and becomes a Nihilist himself. Thinking that Paul is dead, Sophie escapes to England and falls in love with Richard, a British diplomat, who is working under cover. Five years later, everyone converges at a Nihilist meeting in London. Paul's father infiltrates the meeting, but Richard knows his true identity. At the meeting, a bullet intended for his father hits Paul and he dies. Sophie is free to marry Richard and Karatoff takes his grandson, who is heir to the throne, to his homeland. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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