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The title of the original story is given in the Paramount studio records as "The Severed Scarabs" and "The Scarabaeus." This was Madame Olga Petrova's first Lasky-Paramount film. Exteriors for the film were shot in Florida. The film opened in New York on 21 May ... More Less

The title of the original story is given in the Paramount studio records as "The Severed Scarabs" and "The Scarabaeus." This was Madame Olga Petrova's first Lasky-Paramount film. Exteriors for the film were shot in Florida. The film opened in New York on 21 May 1917. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
9 Jun 17
p. 54.
MPN
9 Jun 17
p. 3619.
MPW
9 Jun 17
p. 1623, 1664
NYDM
3 Feb 17
p. 746.
NYDM
26 May 17
p. 34.
NYDM
2 Jun 17
p. 28.
Variety
25 May 17
p. 20.
Wid's
31 May 17
p. 342.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT

NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Studio mgr
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 May 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co.
Copyright Date:
21 May 1917
Copyright Number:
LP10812
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In ancient Egypt a Princess is loved by a simple Shepherd, to the great displeasure of the King, who orders the offending lover be buried alive, for he had promised his daughter to the builder of the Temple. Breaking a double scarab in two, the shepherd and the Princess each keep a broken half and pledge that their souls will be reunited in death. Centuries later Capt. Harry Paget of the English garrison at the Sudan is enchanted by Grace Leslie, the daughter of Sir Hector Leslie, commander of the garrison. Mrs. Harvey, the wife of another officer, is also in love with the captain, and lures him to a meeting on the desert, causing him to miss a surprise drill. Grace, learning of the drill, rushes to inform Paget in time, thus interrupting the illicit meeting. Because of his disgrace, Paget volunteers for duty in a desert outpost and Grace, after learning the truth from Mrs. Harvey, falls into the captain's arms and announces that she will go to the desert with him, when it is discovered that each possesses a piece of the broken ... +


In ancient Egypt a Princess is loved by a simple Shepherd, to the great displeasure of the King, who orders the offending lover be buried alive, for he had promised his daughter to the builder of the Temple. Breaking a double scarab in two, the shepherd and the Princess each keep a broken half and pledge that their souls will be reunited in death. Centuries later Capt. Harry Paget of the English garrison at the Sudan is enchanted by Grace Leslie, the daughter of Sir Hector Leslie, commander of the garrison. Mrs. Harvey, the wife of another officer, is also in love with the captain, and lures him to a meeting on the desert, causing him to miss a surprise drill. Grace, learning of the drill, rushes to inform Paget in time, thus interrupting the illicit meeting. Because of his disgrace, Paget volunteers for duty in a desert outpost and Grace, after learning the truth from Mrs. Harvey, falls into the captain's arms and announces that she will go to the desert with him, when it is discovered that each possesses a piece of the broken scarab. +

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

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