Whom the Gods Would Destroy (1919)

Drama | 15 April 1919

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HISTORY

The story "Humanity" was probably never published. This was the first film produced by C. R. Macauley Photoplays, Inc. It was shot at Universal City. The film was endorsed by League of Nations societies throughout the country, and by the Leagues to Enforce Peace; the story was inspired by President Woodrow Wilson's conceptions and ideals concerning a permanent League of Nations. The working title of the film was Humanity . Some sources refer to the title of the film as Whom the Gods Destroy . No reviews of the film were ... More Less

The story "Humanity" was probably never published. This was the first film produced by C. R. Macauley Photoplays, Inc. It was shot at Universal City. The film was endorsed by League of Nations societies throughout the country, and by the Leagues to Enforce Peace; the story was inspired by President Woodrow Wilson's conceptions and ideals concerning a permanent League of Nations. The working title of the film was Humanity . Some sources refer to the title of the film as Whom the Gods Destroy . No reviews of the film were located. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
24 May 19
p. 1903.
MPN
22 Feb 19
p. 1169.
MPN
1 Mar 19
pp. 1271-73, 1333
MPN
12 Apr 19
pp. 274-75.
MPW
15 Mar 19
p. 1516.
MPW
22 Mar 19
p. 1691.
MPW
29 Mar 19
p. 1798.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Tech staff
Tech staff
Tech staff
Tech staff
FILM EDITOR
Asst film ed
PRODUCTION MISC
Printing and hand color work
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Humanity" by Charles R. Macauley, Nan Blair (publication undetermined).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Whom the Gods Destroy
Humanity
Release Date:
15 April 1919
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After a young inventor discovers a powerful new explosive, agents from a German chemical firm induce him to study at a German university. While there, he is repelled by certain aspects of the people, and he leaves for Belgium. When the war begins, the inventor saves a Belgian burgomaster's daughter from Prussian invaders. The inventor and the girl endure horrible suffering because of the war, but they find happiness at its end, while the formerly fighting nations direct their effort towards world peace at the Paris conferences. The assassination of Kurt Eisner of Bavaria occurs at the ... +


After a young inventor discovers a powerful new explosive, agents from a German chemical firm induce him to study at a German university. While there, he is repelled by certain aspects of the people, and he leaves for Belgium. When the war begins, the inventor saves a Belgian burgomaster's daughter from Prussian invaders. The inventor and the girl endure horrible suffering because of the war, but they find happiness at its end, while the formerly fighting nations direct their effort towards world peace at the Paris conferences. The assassination of Kurt Eisner of Bavaria occurs at the end. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
World War I


Subject

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

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