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HISTORY

Chambers' novel was serialized in Cosmopolitan in 1916. The film, according to news items, broke all previous world-wide records for box office receipts in a single day when it took in $3,471 at the Rialto Theater in New York City. Other cities reported record-breaking earnings as well when the film opened in Jan 1917 across the country. This film was released 21 Jan 1917 in the East and 28 Jan 1917 in the West. The NYT noted that the film displayed an unusual effect by the use of two projectors used simultaneously, projecting both a proclamation of war and scenes of mobilization, to create an effect similar to that of double ... More Less

Chambers' novel was serialized in Cosmopolitan in 1916. The film, according to news items, broke all previous world-wide records for box office receipts in a single day when it took in $3,471 at the Rialto Theater in New York City. Other cities reported record-breaking earnings as well when the film opened in Jan 1917 across the country. This film was released 21 Jan 1917 in the East and 28 Jan 1917 in the West. The NYT noted that the film displayed an unusual effect by the use of two projectors used simultaneously, projecting both a proclamation of war and scenes of mobilization, to create an effect similar to that of double exposure. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
13 Jan 17
p. 422.
Motog
27 Jan 17
p. 208.
MPN
30 Dec 16
pp. 4087-90.
MPW
7 Jan 17
p. 139.
MPW
27 Jan 17
p. 588.
New York Times
1 Jan 17
p. 10.
NYDM
6 Jan 17
p. 33.
NYDM
13 Jan 17
p. 26.
NYDM
20 Jan 17
p. 29.
NYDM
27 Jan 17
p. 55.
Variety
5 Jan 17
p. 27.
Wid's
14 Jan 17
p. 5.
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 January 1917
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 31 December 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
12 January 1917
Copyright Number:
LP9996
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Philippa is raised in Ausone by her guardian Wildresse. As a young woman, she becomes a dancer at the Café de Biribi where Wildresse asks her to spy on an Englishman. Warner, an American artist who is in love with Philippa, becomes acquainted with the Englishman, named Halkett, and through this relationship introduces Halkett to Philippa. The three become close friends. After many adventures, Halkett is able to save his country's secrets from Wildresse, who is a German spy, and Philippa falls in love with Warner. In the end, it is revealed that Philippa is actually a Balkan princess who was stolen at ... +


Philippa is raised in Ausone by her guardian Wildresse. As a young woman, she becomes a dancer at the Café de Biribi where Wildresse asks her to spy on an Englishman. Warner, an American artist who is in love with Philippa, becomes acquainted with the Englishman, named Halkett, and through this relationship introduces Halkett to Philippa. The three become close friends. After many adventures, Halkett is able to save his country's secrets from Wildresse, who is a German spy, and Philippa falls in love with Warner. In the end, it is revealed that Philippa is actually a Balkan princess who was stolen at birth. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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