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HISTORY

Capt. Horst von der Goltz was an actual German spy operating in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Ralph Faulkner was known for his resemblance to President Woodrow Wilson. According to one reviewer, about two-thirds of the film was made up of weekly news footage. The scenario included in the copyright descriptions was entitled "The Invisible ... More Less

Capt. Horst von der Goltz was an actual German spy operating in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Ralph Faulkner was known for his resemblance to President Woodrow Wilson. According to one reviewer, about two-thirds of the film was made up of weekly news footage. The scenario included in the copyright descriptions was entitled "The Invisible Embassy." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
17 Aug 18
p. 862.
ETR
31 Aug 18
p. 1091.
MPN
7 Sep 18
p. 1592.
MPW
7 Sep 18
p. 1455.
MPW
5 Oct 18
pp. 125-26.
Wid's
25 Aug 18
pp. 19-20.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 September 1918
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
1 September 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12795
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Before diplomatic relations between the United States and Germany have been severed during World War I, Count Johann von Bernstorff establishes an intricate spy network in America, headed by the treacherous Otto Goltz and his ally, Wolff von Eidel. Their activities result in labor strikes, factory explosions, and transportation disasters. Headquartered in a major U.S. industrial center, Otto marries Lillian O'Grady and treats her so brutally that she eventually dies. Lillian's death is avenged by a young American soldier named Dick Gregory, who is in love with her sister Rosie. Following Otto's death, von Eidel is arrested, but when a group of German sympathizers tries to rescue him, a patriotic vigilante group attacks the jail, shooting the spy and imprisoning the disloyal Americans. In the end, as American forces storm France, Kaiser Wilhelm grows ... +


Before diplomatic relations between the United States and Germany have been severed during World War I, Count Johann von Bernstorff establishes an intricate spy network in America, headed by the treacherous Otto Goltz and his ally, Wolff von Eidel. Their activities result in labor strikes, factory explosions, and transportation disasters. Headquartered in a major U.S. industrial center, Otto marries Lillian O'Grady and treats her so brutally that she eventually dies. Lillian's death is avenged by a young American soldier named Dick Gregory, who is in love with her sister Rosie. Following Otto's death, von Eidel is arrested, but when a group of German sympathizers tries to rescue him, a patriotic vigilante group attacks the jail, shooting the spy and imprisoning the disloyal Americans. In the end, as American forces storm France, Kaiser Wilhelm grows desperate. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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