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Philip Bartholomae's original story was entitled "The Wolf's Claw." Fox re-issued The Serpent on 5 Jan 1919. The Serpent was copyrighted at six reels, but review sources call it a five reel film. This was Nan Carter's first film. Sources conflict concerning the identity of the actors playing the Grand Duke and his son Leo. The synopsis in the copyright descriptions credits the role of the Grand Duke to Charles Craig and the role of Leo to Carl Harbaugh, while Motog credits Charles (sic) Harbaugh with the role of the Grand Duke. A review of the 1919 re-issue mentions that Raoul Walsh was in the film. As this review fails to give credit to Walsh's brother George, it may have mistaken the two. No other source lists Raoul Walsh among the ... More Less

Philip Bartholomae's original story was entitled "The Wolf's Claw." Fox re-issued The Serpent on 5 Jan 1919. The Serpent was copyrighted at six reels, but review sources call it a five reel film. This was Nan Carter's first film. Sources conflict concerning the identity of the actors playing the Grand Duke and his son Leo. The synopsis in the copyright descriptions credits the role of the Grand Duke to Charles Craig and the role of Leo to Carl Harbaugh, while Motog credits Charles (sic) Harbaugh with the role of the Grand Duke. A review of the 1919 re-issue mentions that Raoul Walsh was in the film. As this review fails to give credit to Walsh's brother George, it may have mistaken the two. No other source lists Raoul Walsh among the actors. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
1 Feb 19
p. 717.
Motog
5 Feb 16
p. 319.
MPN
29 Jan 16
p. 526.
MPW
18 Jan 19
p. 389.
MPW
29 Jul 16
p. 800.
New York Times
24 Jan 16
p. 12.
Variety
28 Jan 16
p. 23.
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 January 1916
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
23 January 1916
Copyright Number:
LP7479
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5-6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Russia, the peasant Vania Lazar vows revenge on the Grand Duke Valanoff after he rapes her and kills her sweetheart, Andrey Sobi. She goes to England where, under a different name, she becomes a sensation in the theater. Valanoff, who does not recognize her, is one of her most ardent admirers, and Vania, as part of her planned revenge, encourages his advances. When she learns of his devotion to his son, Leo, who is fighting at the front, she becomes a Red Cross nurse and then locates the young man. She makes him fall in love with her, and then, after marrying him, brings him back to Valanoff. Soon, she arranges for Leo to see her in Valanoff's arms, after which Leo kills himself and Vania reveals her real identity to a despondent grand duke. Suddenly, Vania wakes up and finds that she is still a peasant in Russia and has dreamed the entire ... +


In Russia, the peasant Vania Lazar vows revenge on the Grand Duke Valanoff after he rapes her and kills her sweetheart, Andrey Sobi. She goes to England where, under a different name, she becomes a sensation in the theater. Valanoff, who does not recognize her, is one of her most ardent admirers, and Vania, as part of her planned revenge, encourages his advances. When she learns of his devotion to his son, Leo, who is fighting at the front, she becomes a Red Cross nurse and then locates the young man. She makes him fall in love with her, and then, after marrying him, brings him back to Valanoff. Soon, she arranges for Leo to see her in Valanoff's arms, after which Leo kills himself and Vania reveals her real identity to a despondent grand duke. Suddenly, Vania wakes up and finds that she is still a peasant in Russia and has dreamed the entire story. +

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