At the Mercy of Men (1918)

Drama | 20 April 1918

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HISTORY

This film had two working titles, first Ruthless Russia , and then, in Mar 1918, The Bride's Revenge . According to a news item, the scene depicting the rape of Vera Souroff by three officers of the Czar was cut by Select Pictures Corp. after reviewers objected to ... More Less

This film had two working titles, first Ruthless Russia , and then, in Mar 1918, The Bride's Revenge . According to a news item, the scene depicting the rape of Vera Souroff by three officers of the Czar was cut by Select Pictures Corp. after reviewers objected to it. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPC
18 Jul
p. 75.
MPN
4 May 18
p. 2601, 2662
MPW
4 May 18
p. 649, 744, 753
MPW
18 May 18
p. 704.
NYDM
9 Feb 18
p. 26.
NYDM
2 Mar 18
p. 15.
NYDM
4 May 18
p. 632.
Variety
26 Apr 18
p. 40.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Bride's Revenge
Ruthless Russia
Release Date:
20 April 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Select Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
11 April 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12308
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Vera Souroff, betrothed to young radical Boris Litofsky, is attacked by three officers of the Czar and raped by one of them in the darkened apartment of a Petrograd restaurant. The Czar orders one of the offending officers, Count Nicho, to marry Vera, although the officers have sworn to one another never to reveal the identity of the chief attacker; after the forced marriage, Count Nicho declares that Vera will never be assured that she married the right officer. At the outbreak of the Bolshevik revolution, Vera saves her husband's life and demands as repayment the name of the man who molested her. Filled with remorse, Nicho confesses that he was her principal assailant, and the two ... +


Vera Souroff, betrothed to young radical Boris Litofsky, is attacked by three officers of the Czar and raped by one of them in the darkened apartment of a Petrograd restaurant. The Czar orders one of the offending officers, Count Nicho, to marry Vera, although the officers have sworn to one another never to reveal the identity of the chief attacker; after the forced marriage, Count Nicho declares that Vera will never be assured that she married the right officer. At the outbreak of the Bolshevik revolution, Vera saves her husband's life and demands as repayment the name of the man who molested her. Filled with remorse, Nicho confesses that he was her principal assailant, and the two embrace. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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