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Scenes for this film were shot in the desert near Palm Springs, CA. According to news items, the cast included "several hundred Africans, Egyptians and ... More Less

Scenes for this film were shot in the desert near Palm Springs, CA. According to news items, the cast included "several hundred Africans, Egyptians and others." More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
16 Oct 1920
p. 2090.
MPN
21 Aug 1920
p. 1535.
MPN
16 Oct 1920
p. 3085.
MPW
1 Feb 1920.
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MPW
9 Oct 1920
p. 836.
Variety
8 Oct 1920
p. 42.
Wid's
17 Oct 1920
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Tech dir
Tech dir
Art titles
Art titles
Art titles
FILM EDITOR
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Leopard Woman by Stewart Edward White (New York, 1916).
DETAILS
Release Date:
October 1920
Copyright Claimant:
J. Parker Read, Jr.
Copyright Date:
25 September 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15583
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After an unsuccessful attempt on his life, John Culbertson, a British secret agent, leads a safari from Bajuma, on the edge of the African desert, to the kingdom of M'tela. Also on route to that savage kingdom and bound by oath to prevent Culbertson from reaching it, is Madame, a secret agent of a rival government. Madame and her safari meet up with the Englishman's party in the desert where she is forced to accept his aid because her men are exhausted and dehydrated. Although she fulfills her promise to delay Culbertson by feigning illness, "the Leopard Woman," as she is called, unwittingly falls in love with him. After they make love, Culbertson scorns her and she orders Chaké, her servant, to kill him, but when the attempt fails, she is relieved. Culbertson's progress is delayed further when he loses his sight because of overexposure to the sun. Madame smashes his bottle of medicine in the hope of forcing his return to Bajuma, but determined to complete his mission, Culbertson forges ahead, blind, and with the help of a record player, forms an alliance between the primitive M'tela tribe and Britain. Finally choosing love over duty, Madame sends Chaké to find the British military surgeon, who restores Culbertson's vision. Thus foreign rivalry is swept aside for ... +


After an unsuccessful attempt on his life, John Culbertson, a British secret agent, leads a safari from Bajuma, on the edge of the African desert, to the kingdom of M'tela. Also on route to that savage kingdom and bound by oath to prevent Culbertson from reaching it, is Madame, a secret agent of a rival government. Madame and her safari meet up with the Englishman's party in the desert where she is forced to accept his aid because her men are exhausted and dehydrated. Although she fulfills her promise to delay Culbertson by feigning illness, "the Leopard Woman," as she is called, unwittingly falls in love with him. After they make love, Culbertson scorns her and she orders Chaké, her servant, to kill him, but when the attempt fails, she is relieved. Culbertson's progress is delayed further when he loses his sight because of overexposure to the sun. Madame smashes his bottle of medicine in the hope of forcing his return to Bajuma, but determined to complete his mission, Culbertson forges ahead, blind, and with the help of a record player, forms an alliance between the primitive M'tela tribe and Britain. Finally choosing love over duty, Madame sends Chaké to find the British military surgeon, who restores Culbertson's vision. Thus foreign rivalry is swept aside for love. +

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

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