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HISTORY

The play was based on the novel by Jules Claretie, Le Prince Zilah , published in Paris, 1881. Claretie's play and novel have been the basis for several European films, including the 1918 Italian film Il Principe Zilah , directed by Ugo De Simone, and the 1927 French film, Le Prince Zilah , directed by Gaston ... More Less

The play was based on the novel by Jules Claretie, Le Prince Zilah , published in Paris, 1881. Claretie's play and novel have been the basis for several European films, including the 1918 Italian film Il Principe Zilah , directed by Ugo De Simone, and the 1927 French film, Le Prince Zilah , directed by Gaston Roudès. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
15 Jun 18
p. 126.
MPN
22 Jun 18
p. 3689, 3738
MPW
15 Jun 18
p. 1622.
MPW
25 May 18
p. 1186.
New York Times
24 Jun 18
p. 9.
NYDM
22 Jun 18
p. 887.
NYDM
29 Jun 18
p. 925.
Variety
28 Jun 18
p. 31.
Wid's
9 Jun 18
pp. 21-22.
DETAILS
Release Date:
9 June 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
29 May 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12478
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Marsa, a spirited, beautiful and wealthy young Parisian, is the illegitimate daughter of a gypsy mother and a Russian prince. At a young age, she becomes entangled in an affair with Count Menko, a married man, but later forgets this unhappy incident and falls in love with Prince Zilah of Hungary. When Count Menko threatens to give the prince certain compromising letters unless she agrees to resume their affair, she sets her wolfhounds on him, disfiguring him permanently. The letters are sent to Zilah on the night he and Marsa are married, and he immediately leaves her, causing her to go insane. Count Varhely, Prince Zilah's oldest friend, challenges Menko to a duel and kills him, after which he convinces the prince to forgive Marsa. At the sight of her husband, Marsa regains her sanity and leaves the sanitarium to live with him in ... +


Marsa, a spirited, beautiful and wealthy young Parisian, is the illegitimate daughter of a gypsy mother and a Russian prince. At a young age, she becomes entangled in an affair with Count Menko, a married man, but later forgets this unhappy incident and falls in love with Prince Zilah of Hungary. When Count Menko threatens to give the prince certain compromising letters unless she agrees to resume their affair, she sets her wolfhounds on him, disfiguring him permanently. The letters are sent to Zilah on the night he and Marsa are married, and he immediately leaves her, causing her to go insane. Count Varhely, Prince Zilah's oldest friend, challenges Menko to a duel and kills him, after which he convinces the prince to forgive Marsa. At the sight of her husband, Marsa regains her sanity and leaves the sanitarium to live with him in Hungary. +

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