The Man Without a Country (1917)

Drama | 9 September 1917

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Other films based on Hale's story include the 1925 Fox film (also known as As No Man Has Loved ), starring Edward Hearn and directed by Rowland V. Lee (see entry), and the 1973 ABC television movie, starring Cliff Robertson and directed by Delbert ... More Less

Other films based on Hale's story include the 1925 Fox film (also known as As No Man Has Loved ), starring Edward Hearn and directed by Rowland V. Lee (see entry), and the 1973 ABC television movie, starring Cliff Robertson and directed by Delbert Mann. More Less

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Motog
27 Oct 17
p. 885.
MPN
29 Sep 17
p. 2204.
MPW
29 Sep 17
p. 2003.
Variety
26 May 17
p. 1339.
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LITERARY
Based on the short story "The Man Without a Country" by Edward Everett Hale in The Atlantic Monthly (Dec 1863).
DETAILS
Release Date:
9 September 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Jewel Productions Inc.
Copyright Date:
14 September 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11410
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Orphaned Barbara Norton goes to live with her aunt and uncle. Time passes, and Barbara, now grown to adulthood, becomes engaged to a wealthy young man who believes in pacifism. When the United States declares war on Germany, Barbara's fiancé declines to enlist, and so Barbara gives him back his engagement ring and goes to France as a Red Cross nurse. En route, her steamer is torpedoed and Barbara is assumed to be drowned. Even this tragedy does not inspire the young man's patriotism and when solicited to enlist, he declares that the United States be damned. These sentiments shock an old friend of his father's, who brings the young man a copy of the book The Man Without a Country . Upon reading the book, the young man visualizes the story of Philip Nolan and is compelled to serve his country. As he is about to go to war, Barbara returns, and the two lovers ... +


Orphaned Barbara Norton goes to live with her aunt and uncle. Time passes, and Barbara, now grown to adulthood, becomes engaged to a wealthy young man who believes in pacifism. When the United States declares war on Germany, Barbara's fiancé declines to enlist, and so Barbara gives him back his engagement ring and goes to France as a Red Cross nurse. En route, her steamer is torpedoed and Barbara is assumed to be drowned. Even this tragedy does not inspire the young man's patriotism and when solicited to enlist, he declares that the United States be damned. These sentiments shock an old friend of his father's, who brings the young man a copy of the book The Man Without a Country . Upon reading the book, the young man visualizes the story of Philip Nolan and is compelled to serve his country. As he is about to go to war, Barbara returns, and the two lovers embrace. +

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World War I, War preparedness


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AFI Life Achievement Award

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