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Arthur Pryor composed a special orchestral piece to accompany screenings of this film called "Soldiers of Fortune March." In early Nov 1919, pre-release screenings occurred in Washington, D.C. as a benefit for the Trinity community, a welfare organization, sponsored in part by Eleanor Roosevelt. The film had many other special screenings, including one in New York City, which Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. attended. According to news items, Soldiers of Fortune was the first film Allan Dwan made as an independent producer for the Mayflower Photoplay Corp. Modern sources credit Ferdinand P. Earle with art ... More Less

Arthur Pryor composed a special orchestral piece to accompany screenings of this film called "Soldiers of Fortune March." In early Nov 1919, pre-release screenings occurred in Washington, D.C. as a benefit for the Trinity community, a welfare organization, sponsored in part by Eleanor Roosevelt. The film had many other special screenings, including one in New York City, which Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. attended. According to news items, Soldiers of Fortune was the first film Allan Dwan made as an independent producer for the Mayflower Photoplay Corp. Modern sources credit Ferdinand P. Earle with art designs. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
15 Nov 19
p. 2015, 2057
MPN
22 Nov 19
p. 3790.
MPW
22 Nov 19
pp. 453-54.
New York Times
26 Apr 19
p. 573.
Variety
14 Nov 19
p. 59.
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 November 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Mayflower Photoplay Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 October 1919
Copyright Number:
LP14460
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Civil engineer Robert Clay is commissioned by wealthy New Yorker Mr. Langham to open iron deposits in the tiny South American republic of Olancho. General Mendoza, the unscrupulous head of the army, unsuccessfully tries to persuade President Alvarez, and then Clay, to divide the spoils of the contract. Mendoza begins a revolution against Alvarez, but Clay and his men set out to stop the plan. Meanwhile, Mr. Langham arrives with his two attractive daughers, Alice and Hope, on board a yacht owned by Reginald King, Alice's suitor. Clay's long-lived attraction for Alice has been met with coldness, but Hope wins his heart by shooting down some of Mendoza's men when they try to kill him. After a fierce battle, and the arrival of a U.S. battleship with sailors, Mendoza is ... +


Civil engineer Robert Clay is commissioned by wealthy New Yorker Mr. Langham to open iron deposits in the tiny South American republic of Olancho. General Mendoza, the unscrupulous head of the army, unsuccessfully tries to persuade President Alvarez, and then Clay, to divide the spoils of the contract. Mendoza begins a revolution against Alvarez, but Clay and his men set out to stop the plan. Meanwhile, Mr. Langham arrives with his two attractive daughers, Alice and Hope, on board a yacht owned by Reginald King, Alice's suitor. Clay's long-lived attraction for Alice has been met with coldness, but Hope wins his heart by shooting down some of Mendoza's men when they try to kill him. After a fierce battle, and the arrival of a U.S. battleship with sailors, Mendoza is defeated. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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