Full page view
HISTORY

The film was released as a sequel to Vitagraph's 1915 production The Battle Cry of Peace ; it was originally entitled The Battle Cry of War and was copyrighted under the title Womanhood . According to a news item, the film was "the brain child of ex-President [Theodore] Roosevelt," who offered many suggestions during its production. According to another news item, Wally Van, another Vitagraph director, took aerial shots with his cameraman from a balloon, of exploding shells at Pittsfield, Massachusetts, while battle scenes were being filmed below. It is unclear whether Van's footage was included in the film. A third news item reported that during battle scenes shot in the Fox Hills near Grasmere, Staten Island, director Earle was severly injured by a premature mine explosion. The Thirteenth Coast Artillery, New York police from Fort Wadsworth, New York preparedness camp, and the Second Battery of Brooklyn participated in the battle scenes. An eight reel version of the film began a pre-release showing in Philadelphia on 19 Mar 1917. The film had its premiere in New York on 1 Apr 1917. Later versions were reviewed as five reels long. According to a modern source, J. Stuart Blackton's eldest son, James Stuart Blackton, Jr., was the assistant director, and Woodrow Wilson appeared in the ... More Less

The film was released as a sequel to Vitagraph's 1915 production The Battle Cry of Peace ; it was originally entitled The Battle Cry of War and was copyrighted under the title Womanhood . According to a news item, the film was "the brain child of ex-President [Theodore] Roosevelt," who offered many suggestions during its production. According to another news item, Wally Van, another Vitagraph director, took aerial shots with his cameraman from a balloon, of exploding shells at Pittsfield, Massachusetts, while battle scenes were being filmed below. It is unclear whether Van's footage was included in the film. A third news item reported that during battle scenes shot in the Fox Hills near Grasmere, Staten Island, director Earle was severly injured by a premature mine explosion. The Thirteenth Coast Artillery, New York police from Fort Wadsworth, New York preparedness camp, and the Second Battery of Brooklyn participated in the battle scenes. An eight reel version of the film began a pre-release showing in Philadelphia on 19 Mar 1917. The film had its premiere in New York on 1 Apr 1917. Later versions were reviewed as five reels long. According to a modern source, J. Stuart Blackton's eldest son, James Stuart Blackton, Jr., was the assistant director, and Woodrow Wilson appeared in the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
14 Apr 17
p. 1321.
Motog
2 Sep 17
p. 549.
Motog
14 Apr 17
p. 795.
MPN
5 Jan 18
p. 137.
MPN
21 Apr 17
p. 2512.
MPW
21 Apr 17
p. 449.
New York Times
2 Apr 17
p. 11.
NYDM
2 Sep 16
p. 20.
NYDM
17 Feb 17
p. 28.
NYDM
7 Apr 17
p. 23, 28
Variety
6 Apr 17
p. 23.
Wid's
5 Apr 17
pp. 216-17.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Battle Cry of War
Womanhood
Release Date:
9 April 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
17 March 1917
Copyright Number:
LP10406
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While traveling in Europe, American Mary Ward enchants Count Dario of Ruritania, who asks her to marry him. Promising to give him her answer later, Mary returns to the United States by way of Manila, where she learns that during Ruritania's surprise invasion of New York, her mother and sister were killed. Paul Strong, who has been appointed the U.S. Minister of Energies, accompanies Mary back to New York and then launches a campaign to raise an American army. Paul's sister Jane, who arouses the public by impersonating Joan of Arc at preparedness rallies, is shot, while Mary uses her influence with Count Dario, whose father heads the Ruritanian forces, to obtain enemy secrets. Later, Mary's brother Philip, blinded in battle, is reunited with his long-lost fiancée, Alice Renfrow, only to discover that her face has been disfigured. In the end, Paul leads an American army to victory, after which he and Mary, their arms around each other, gaze happily on a New York that is once again peaceful and ... +


While traveling in Europe, American Mary Ward enchants Count Dario of Ruritania, who asks her to marry him. Promising to give him her answer later, Mary returns to the United States by way of Manila, where she learns that during Ruritania's surprise invasion of New York, her mother and sister were killed. Paul Strong, who has been appointed the U.S. Minister of Energies, accompanies Mary back to New York and then launches a campaign to raise an American army. Paul's sister Jane, who arouses the public by impersonating Joan of Arc at preparedness rallies, is shot, while Mary uses her influence with Count Dario, whose father heads the Ruritanian forces, to obtain enemy secrets. Later, Mary's brother Philip, blinded in battle, is reunited with his long-lost fiancée, Alice Renfrow, only to discover that her face has been disfigured. In the end, Paul leads an American army to victory, after which he and Mary, their arms around each other, gaze happily on a New York that is once again peaceful and prosperous. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.