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HISTORY

The trench scenes were filmed at Camp Wheeler, a U.S. Army training camp in Macon, GA. Arthur Guy Empey was a well-known soldier, writer, and lecturer of the period. Robert Gordon Anderson, who wrote the scenario, was Empey's publishing advisor. The film had its premiere in New York on 31 Mar 1918. This was the last film of Mary Maurice, who was affectionately known as "Mother" Maurice. She died on 31 Apr ... More Less

The trench scenes were filmed at Camp Wheeler, a U.S. Army training camp in Macon, GA. Arthur Guy Empey was a well-known soldier, writer, and lecturer of the period. Robert Gordon Anderson, who wrote the scenario, was Empey's publishing advisor. The film had its premiere in New York on 31 Mar 1918. This was the last film of Mary Maurice, who was affectionately known as "Mother" Maurice. She died on 31 Apr 1918. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
5 Jan 18
p. 428.
ETR
6 Apr 18
pp. 1410-11.
ETR
13 Apr 18
pp. 1490-91, 1536
MPN
17 Aug 18
pp. 1019-20.
MPW
20 Apr 18
p. 430.
MPW
25 May 18
p. 1194.
New York Times
1 Apr 18
p. 9 (in ^INYT
NYDM
23 Feb 18
p. 21.
NYDM
13 Apr 18
p. 522.
NYDM
20 Apr 18
p. 563.
Variety
5 Apr 18
p. 42.
Wid's
4 Apr 18
pp. 1049-50.
DETAILS
Release Date:
31 March 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
10 April 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12299
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After the sinking of the Lusitania , American James Garrison "Garry" Owen joins the British army and fights gallantly until he is wounded and subsequently discharged. Recuperating in New York, he meets and falls in love with Helen Lloyd, and the two plan to be married after his return from active duty with the American forces in France. Helen's brother Albert, fighting in France under Garry's command, panics and deserts his post, whereupon Garry is forced to report him. At the court-martial, Albert is sentenced to death, but when Company D is attacked, his heroic actions save the day and he dies a hero. Meanwhile, Helen is abducted by German officer Friederich von Emden, whose submarine transports her to his headquarters, Madame Arnot's chateau in Belgium. Von Emden captures Garry and orders him to attend a banquet celebrating the German's forced marriage to Helen, but an old servant named Sonia poisons most of the German guests. Garry kills von Emden and then escapes with Helen to the Allied ... +


After the sinking of the Lusitania , American James Garrison "Garry" Owen joins the British army and fights gallantly until he is wounded and subsequently discharged. Recuperating in New York, he meets and falls in love with Helen Lloyd, and the two plan to be married after his return from active duty with the American forces in France. Helen's brother Albert, fighting in France under Garry's command, panics and deserts his post, whereupon Garry is forced to report him. At the court-martial, Albert is sentenced to death, but when Company D is attacked, his heroic actions save the day and he dies a hero. Meanwhile, Helen is abducted by German officer Friederich von Emden, whose submarine transports her to his headquarters, Madame Arnot's chateau in Belgium. Von Emden captures Garry and orders him to attend a banquet celebrating the German's forced marriage to Helen, but an old servant named Sonia poisons most of the German guests. Garry kills von Emden and then escapes with Helen to the Allied lines. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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