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A news item in the 7 Oct 1916 Motography, which stated that The Scarlet Oath was soon to be released, noted lead actress Gail Kane’s recent acquittal for a traffic citation by a Long Island, NY, court because she was reportedly “too pretty to fine.” Also appearing in the film were Philip Van Loan and Freeman Barnes, according to the 12 Apr 1917 Motion Picture Studio Directory and Trade Annual.
       The film was released 23 Oct 1916, with a New York City debut at the Loew’s New York Theatre, as reported in the 4 Nov 1916 Motion Picture News. Although reviews were generally positive, the 28 Oct 1916 Moving Picture World credited Gail Kane with improving the quality of an otherwise mediocre film. ... More Less

A news item in the 7 Oct 1916 Motography, which stated that The Scarlet Oath was soon to be released, noted lead actress Gail Kane’s recent acquittal for a traffic citation by a Long Island, NY, court because she was reportedly “too pretty to fine.” Also appearing in the film were Philip Van Loan and Freeman Barnes, according to the 12 Apr 1917 Motion Picture Studio Directory and Trade Annual.
       The film was released 23 Oct 1916, with a New York City debut at the Loew’s New York Theatre, as reported in the 4 Nov 1916 Motion Picture News. Although reviews were generally positive, the 28 Oct 1916 Moving Picture World credited Gail Kane with improving the quality of an otherwise mediocre film.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
28 Oct 1916
p. 2711
Motion Picture News
4 Nov 1916
p. 2819
Motion Picture Studio Directory and Trade Annual
12 Apr 1917
p, 55, 81
Motography
7 Oct 1916
p. 633
Motography
11 Nov 1916
p. 1101, 1093
Moving Picture World
28 Oct 1916
p. 534
Moving Picture World
4 Nov 1916
p. 754
NYDM
21 Oct 1916
p. 26
Variety
13 Oct 1916
p. 25
Wid's
19 Oct 1916
p. 1043
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 October 1916
Copyright Claimant:
World Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 October 1916
Copyright Number:
LU9349
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Exiled from Russia, nihilist Ivan Pavloff sails with his infant twin daughters, Nina and Olga, to the United States. On the steamers, a wealthy Russian couple offers a large amount of money to adopt Nina, and the impoverished Ivan finally consents. Years later, Ivan and Olga return to Russian territory to kill Nicholas Savaroff, who murdered Ivan's wife. The plan succeeds only partially, however, as Nicholas' men kill Ivan, after which Olga murders Nicholas. During her escape, Olga meets John Huntington, Nina's fiancé, and pretends to be her sister so she can accompany him safely out of the country. Upon her arrival in the United States, however, Russian spies kill Olga, and John, still unaware of the masquerade, is despondent until Nina appears to welcome him ... +


Exiled from Russia, nihilist Ivan Pavloff sails with his infant twin daughters, Nina and Olga, to the United States. On the steamers, a wealthy Russian couple offers a large amount of money to adopt Nina, and the impoverished Ivan finally consents. Years later, Ivan and Olga return to Russian territory to kill Nicholas Savaroff, who murdered Ivan's wife. The plan succeeds only partially, however, as Nicholas' men kill Ivan, after which Olga murders Nicholas. During her escape, Olga meets John Huntington, Nina's fiancé, and pretends to be her sister so she can accompany him safely out of the country. Upon her arrival in the United States, however, Russian spies kill Olga, and John, still unaware of the masquerade, is despondent until Nina appears to welcome him home. +

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