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HISTORY

This was Elsie Ferguson's motion picture debut. Although no production company was listed for the film, it was made under the auspices of Famous Players-Lasky Corp., which at the time had a controlling interest in Artcraft Pictures Corp., the distributor and financial backer of the ... More Less

This was Elsie Ferguson's motion picture debut. Although no production company was listed for the film, it was made under the auspices of Famous Players-Lasky Corp., which at the time had a controlling interest in Artcraft Pictures Corp., the distributor and financial backer of the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
6 Oct 17
p. 736.
MPW
15 Sep 17
pp. 1614-15.
MPW
29 Sep 17
p. 2004.
NYDM
24 Jun 14
p. 32.
NYDM
22 Sep 17
p. 18.
Variety
14 Sep 17
p. 37.
Wid's
20 Sep 17
p. 606.
CAST
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DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
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CREDITED AS
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DIRECTOR
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PHOTOGRAPHY
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Art dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Barbary Sheep by Robert Hichens (London, 1907).
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 September 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Artcraft Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
29 August 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11318
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Sir Claude and Lady Wyverne come to Arabia: Sir Claude to hunt Barbary sheep, and Lady Wyverne to satisfy her longing for romance. While her husband is busy hunting, Lady Wyverne falls victim to the charms of Benchaalal, a seductive Arabian chief. Under his guidance, she sees the desert under a romantic moon and hears native love music. While Lady Wyverne dreams of what life might have been like if she had surrendered herself to the chieftain, Benchaalal plans to abduct her. Meanwhile, Sir Claude, at a distant village, hears disturbing stories about the chieftain's past, and, alarmed for his wife's safety, hurriedly returns. He arrives just in time to see Benchaalal attack his wife, and is about to shoot when a mad Marabout recognizes Benchaalal as the man who murdered his sweetheart years earlier, and stabs him. His wife's peril rekindles Sir Claude's feelings for her, and the couple renew their ... +


Sir Claude and Lady Wyverne come to Arabia: Sir Claude to hunt Barbary sheep, and Lady Wyverne to satisfy her longing for romance. While her husband is busy hunting, Lady Wyverne falls victim to the charms of Benchaalal, a seductive Arabian chief. Under his guidance, she sees the desert under a romantic moon and hears native love music. While Lady Wyverne dreams of what life might have been like if she had surrendered herself to the chieftain, Benchaalal plans to abduct her. Meanwhile, Sir Claude, at a distant village, hears disturbing stories about the chieftain's past, and, alarmed for his wife's safety, hurriedly returns. He arrives just in time to see Benchaalal attack his wife, and is about to shoot when a mad Marabout recognizes Benchaalal as the man who murdered his sweetheart years earlier, and stabs him. His wife's peril rekindles Sir Claude's feelings for her, and the couple renew their love. +

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