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HISTORY

This was the first film of Viola Allen, who starred in the stage production with James O'Neill and William Farnum. A 1923 film based on the same source was made by Inspirational Pictures and released by Metro Pictures. It was directed by Henry King and starred Lillian Gish and Ronald Colman (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ). A 1933 film also based on this source, produced by M-G-M, was directed by Victor Fleming, and starred Helen Hayes and Clark Gable (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ... More Less

This was the first film of Viola Allen, who starred in the stage production with James O'Neill and William Farnum. A 1923 film based on the same source was made by Inspirational Pictures and released by Metro Pictures. It was directed by Henry King and starred Lillian Gish and Ronald Colman (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ). A 1933 film also based on this source, produced by M-G-M, was directed by Victor Fleming, and starred Helen Hayes and Clark Gable (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
17 Apr 15
p. 614.
Motog
29 May 15
p. 859.
Motog
3 Jul 15
p. 23, 37
MPN
6 Feb 15
p. 837.
MPN
3 Apr 15
p. 60.
MPN
10 Apr 15
p. 50.
MPN
5 Jun 15
p. 51.
MPN
10 Jul 15
p. 71.
MPW
26 Jun 15
p. 2180.
NYDM
30 Jun 15
p. 28.
Variety
30 Jul 15
p. 20.
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 June 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Essanay Film Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
15 June 1915
Copyright Number:
LP5564
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Donna Angela Chiaromonte's father, a prince, is killed in an auto accident, her deceiving aunt, who desires Angela's sweetheart, Lieutenant Giovanni Severi, burns the Prince's will. Because Angela is without legal status, due to the fact that the Prince was not married in a civil ceremony, her aunt inherits everything. When Giovanni is ordered to fight in Egypt, Angela, now living with a former nurse in a cottage, convinces him not to resign and vows to wait for him. After she hears that Giovanni died in battle, Angela joins the Convent of the White Sisters. Five years later, Giovanni, who actually had been captured and enslaved by savages, returns and tries to get Angela to renounce her vows, but she refuses. After Giovanni is badly wounded when a powder magazine explodes, he refuses to allow a doctor to amputate his arm to save his life. A sympathetic Monseigneur, seeing the frustrated love, obtains a special dispensation from the pope for Angela to leave the sisterhood. Giovanni then agrees to the operation, and the lovers are ... +


When Donna Angela Chiaromonte's father, a prince, is killed in an auto accident, her deceiving aunt, who desires Angela's sweetheart, Lieutenant Giovanni Severi, burns the Prince's will. Because Angela is without legal status, due to the fact that the Prince was not married in a civil ceremony, her aunt inherits everything. When Giovanni is ordered to fight in Egypt, Angela, now living with a former nurse in a cottage, convinces him not to resign and vows to wait for him. After she hears that Giovanni died in battle, Angela joins the Convent of the White Sisters. Five years later, Giovanni, who actually had been captured and enslaved by savages, returns and tries to get Angela to renounce her vows, but she refuses. After Giovanni is badly wounded when a powder magazine explodes, he refuses to allow a doctor to amputate his arm to save his life. A sympathetic Monseigneur, seeing the frustrated love, obtains a special dispensation from the pope for Angela to leave the sisterhood. Giovanni then agrees to the operation, and the lovers are reunited. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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