The Bride of Hate (1917)

Drama | 14 January 1917

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HISTORY

The 30 Sep 1916 Moving Picture World stated that principal photography was underway in San Francisco, CA, on the provisionally titled film, His Slave. Actor and assistant director David M. Hartford was credited with performing his own stunts during a location shoot on a river north of the city. Hartford was promised a new suit by the studio, as the one he was wearing had been ruined by the decaying vegetation and other debris floating in the river. Also on location were Harry Elwell and cameraman J. D. Jennings.
       An article in the 10 Mar 1917 Motography revealed that lead actress Margery Wilson acted as her own makeup artist in creating her character “Mercedes Mendoza,” a Spanish-African “slave girl.” Producer Thomas H. Ince and director Walter Edwards were reportedly satisfied with the result, suggesting only a few minor changes. According to the 17 Feb 1917 Motography, art director Robert Brunton modeled a riverboat casino set on prints he found in New Orleans, LA, depicting a specific vessel that sailed the Mississippi River during the nineteenth century.
       Lead actor Frank Keenan submitted a letter to the 16 Dec 1916 Moving Picture World, explaining that, although his contract with Triangle Distributing Corp. had expired months earlier, he appeared in two subsequent films for the company, His Slave and The Crab (1917, see entry), both of which were shot in Los Angeles, CA. He considered them his best work to date.
       The picture was released under its official title, The Bride of Hate, on 14 Jan ... More Less

The 30 Sep 1916 Moving Picture World stated that principal photography was underway in San Francisco, CA, on the provisionally titled film, His Slave. Actor and assistant director David M. Hartford was credited with performing his own stunts during a location shoot on a river north of the city. Hartford was promised a new suit by the studio, as the one he was wearing had been ruined by the decaying vegetation and other debris floating in the river. Also on location were Harry Elwell and cameraman J. D. Jennings.
       An article in the 10 Mar 1917 Motography revealed that lead actress Margery Wilson acted as her own makeup artist in creating her character “Mercedes Mendoza,” a Spanish-African “slave girl.” Producer Thomas H. Ince and director Walter Edwards were reportedly satisfied with the result, suggesting only a few minor changes. According to the 17 Feb 1917 Motography, art director Robert Brunton modeled a riverboat casino set on prints he found in New Orleans, LA, depicting a specific vessel that sailed the Mississippi River during the nineteenth century.
       Lead actor Frank Keenan submitted a letter to the 16 Dec 1916 Moving Picture World, explaining that, although his contract with Triangle Distributing Corp. had expired months earlier, he appeared in two subsequent films for the company, His Slave and The Crab (1917, see entry), both of which were shot in Los Angeles, CA. He considered them his best work to date.
       The picture was released under its official title, The Bride of Hate, on 14 Jan 1917. Reviews were mixed: Although the 6 Jan 1917 Moving Picture World endorsed the film’s theme of racial injustice, the same day’s issue of Motion Picture News claimed that the climactic plot twist was validated only by Keenan’s performance.
       in 1922, the film was reissued by Tri-Stone Pictures under the title Wanted for Murder, or Bride of Hate. It was copyrighted by Tri-Stone Pictures as The Bride of Hate 12 Jun 1924; LP20306.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
30 Dec 1916
p. 276
Motion Picture News
6 Jan 1917
pp. 115-116
Motography
27 Jan 1917
p. 212
Motography
17 Feb 1917
p. 369
Motography
10 Mar 1917
p. 544
Moving Picture World
30 Sep 1916
p. 2121
Moving Picture World
16 Dec 1916
p. 1621
Moving Picture World
6 Jan 1917
pp. 99-100
Moving Picture World
13 Jan 1917
p. 170
Moving Picture World
27 Jan 1917
p. 589
Variety
21 Sep 1917
p. 40
Wid's Daily
25 Jan 1917
p. 57
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
His Slave
Wanted for Murder, or Bride of Hate
Release Date:
14 January 1917
Production Date:
September 1916
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,714
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the antebellum South, the respected Louisiana physician Dr. Dudley Duprez wins the beautiful slave Mercedes during a riverboat poker game on his way home from St. Louis. At his plantation, Duprez discovers that his beloved niece Rose has poisoned herself rather than face him after she had been seduced by the doctor's young friend Paul Crenshaw. Overcoming an urge to kill Crenshaw, Duprez instead trains Mercedes, who supposedly has only a trace of Negro blood, to impersonate a wealthy Spanish girl and win Crenshaw's affection, after threatening to send her to the cotton fields if she does not comply. After the wedding, Duprez announces to the guests that because Crenshaw betrayed Rose, Duprez tricked him into marrying a "nigger." Crenshaw is ostracized and later is shot attempting to evade a yellow fever quarantine. After a dying overseer from Mercedes' plantation confesses that Mercedes is really the legitimate daughter of Duprez' son and an aristocratic Spanish girl, whose father, objecting to her marrying an American, had her enslaved, Duprez makes amends and Mercedes forgives ... +


In the antebellum South, the respected Louisiana physician Dr. Dudley Duprez wins the beautiful slave Mercedes during a riverboat poker game on his way home from St. Louis. At his plantation, Duprez discovers that his beloved niece Rose has poisoned herself rather than face him after she had been seduced by the doctor's young friend Paul Crenshaw. Overcoming an urge to kill Crenshaw, Duprez instead trains Mercedes, who supposedly has only a trace of Negro blood, to impersonate a wealthy Spanish girl and win Crenshaw's affection, after threatening to send her to the cotton fields if she does not comply. After the wedding, Duprez announces to the guests that because Crenshaw betrayed Rose, Duprez tricked him into marrying a "nigger." Crenshaw is ostracized and later is shot attempting to evade a yellow fever quarantine. After a dying overseer from Mercedes' plantation confesses that Mercedes is really the legitimate daughter of Duprez' son and an aristocratic Spanish girl, whose father, objecting to her marrying an American, had her enslaved, Duprez makes amends and Mercedes forgives him. +

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