The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin (1918)

Drama | 9 March 1918

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HISTORY

The film also was known as both The Kaiser and The Beast of Berlin and was copyrighted under the former title. Although Universal is mentioned in one source as the producing company, other sources call this Rupert Julian's first independent production, and reviews do not credit a production company. Renowned Pictures Corp. copyrighted the film and released it for its New York run, which began 9 Mar 1918. Jewel Productions, Inc. acquired the rights to the film during its run in New York and subsequently released it throughout the country. The picture is believed to be a lost film and is included on the American Film Institute's "Ten Most Wanted" list. The actor listed as Pedro Sose is probably Pietro Sosso. In a modern interview, Edgar G. Ulmer states that Erich von Stroheim wrote the film's script and played the role of a German general. ...

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The film also was known as both The Kaiser and The Beast of Berlin and was copyrighted under the former title. Although Universal is mentioned in one source as the producing company, other sources call this Rupert Julian's first independent production, and reviews do not credit a production company. Renowned Pictures Corp. copyrighted the film and released it for its New York run, which began 9 Mar 1918. Jewel Productions, Inc. acquired the rights to the film during its run in New York and subsequently released it throughout the country. The picture is believed to be a lost film and is included on the American Film Institute's "Ten Most Wanted" list. The actor listed as Pedro Sose is probably Pietro Sosso. In a modern interview, Edgar G. Ulmer states that Erich von Stroheim wrote the film's script and played the role of a German general.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
23 Mar 1918
p. 1303, 1307
MPN
23 Mar 1918
p. 1721, 1767-68
MPN
30 Mar 1918
p. 1908
MPW
20 Apr 1918
p. 438
New York Times
10 Mar 1918
p. 33
NYDM
23 Mar 1918
p. 23
Photoplay
1 Jun 1918
p. 94
Variety
15 Mar 1918
p. 45, 48
Wid's
14 Mar 1918
pp. 1004-05
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Edward Kull
Cam
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Beast of Berlin
The Kaiser
Release Date:
9 March 1918
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Renowned Pictures Corp.
11 March 1918
LP12186
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Kaiser Wilhelm II of Hohenzollern is a vain and arrogant tyrant eager for conquest. When Belgium is invaded by the German army during World War I, Marcas, the blacksmith, although wounded, is able to save his daughter from the clutches of a German soldier. Soon after this, the Lusitania is sunk by Capt. von Neigle, who ultimately is driven mad with remorse. After the United States declares war, the Allied generals turn the Kaiser over to the King of Belgium. Incarcerated, the Kaiser faces his jailer, Marcas the ...

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Kaiser Wilhelm II of Hohenzollern is a vain and arrogant tyrant eager for conquest. When Belgium is invaded by the German army during World War I, Marcas, the blacksmith, although wounded, is able to save his daughter from the clutches of a German soldier. Soon after this, the Lusitania is sunk by Capt. von Neigle, who ultimately is driven mad with remorse. After the United States declares war, the Allied generals turn the Kaiser over to the King of Belgium. Incarcerated, the Kaiser faces his jailer, Marcas the blacksmith.

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

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