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HISTORY

Wentworth's playlet became popular in vaudeville. Several cities and states banned or threatened to ban the film because of its alleged pacifism, and in 1917 Selznick had the film re-edited to give it an anti-German bias. This was Nazimova's first film appearance. Exteriors for the film were shot at Lake Waramang, ... More Less

Wentworth's playlet became popular in vaudeville. Several cities and states banned or threatened to ban the film because of its alleged pacifism, and in 1917 Selznick had the film re-edited to give it an anti-German bias. This was Nazimova's first film appearance. Exteriors for the film were shot at Lake Waramang, CT. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
9 Dec 16
p. 52.
Motog
25 Nov 16
p. 1200.
MPN
25 Nov 16
p. 3331.
MPW
28 Apr 17
p. 635, 681
MPW
2 Dec 16
p. 1343.
New York Times
13 Nov 16
p. 11.
NYDM
23 Sep 16
p. 21.
NYDM
11 Nov 16
p. 24.
NYDM
18 Nov 16
p. 26.
Variety
17 Nov 16
p. 25.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
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ART DIRECTOR
Tech dir
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MUSIC
Mus accompaniment selected by
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LITERARY
Based on the one act play War Brides by Marion Craig Wentworth (production undetermined).
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 November 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Herbert Brenon Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
22 November 1916
Copyright Number:
LP9585
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In an imaginary kingdom, four brothers are drafted and go to war, leaving behind their mother, their sister Amelia, and Joan, the wife of the eldest. News arrives of a great battle in which all four brothers were killed, and Joan is prevented from taking her own life only by her responsibility to her unborn child. When the government decides that unmarried women should be compelled to marry departing soldiers to provide a fresh supply of manpower in future years, Joan becomes an activist against the edict and is sent to jail. During the king's visit to her town, Joan escapes from prison and leads a contingent of women to meet the king, vowing that she shall not bear her child unless the king promises an end to war. The king tells the women that there will always be war, and Joan forthwith shoots herself. The women raise her body on their hands and continue their ... +


In an imaginary kingdom, four brothers are drafted and go to war, leaving behind their mother, their sister Amelia, and Joan, the wife of the eldest. News arrives of a great battle in which all four brothers were killed, and Joan is prevented from taking her own life only by her responsibility to her unborn child. When the government decides that unmarried women should be compelled to marry departing soldiers to provide a fresh supply of manpower in future years, Joan becomes an activist against the edict and is sent to jail. During the king's visit to her town, Joan escapes from prison and leads a contingent of women to meet the king, vowing that she shall not bear her child unless the king promises an end to war. The king tells the women that there will always be war, and Joan forthwith shoots herself. The women raise her body on their hands and continue their struggle. +

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