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The 20 Feb 1915 Moving Picture World announced the project as the next starring vehicle for actress Blanche Sweet. The scenario, inspired by the Balkan Wars of 1912 and 1913, was co-written by director Cecil B. DeMille and writer Jeanie Macpherson. As stated in the 6 Mar 1915 Moving Picture World, the film was Sweet’s second for the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co.
       The Captive opened 22 Apr 1915. Reviews in the 30 Apr 1915 Var and 1 May 1915 Motion Picture News highlighted the “pretty exteriors and interiors,” as well as the performances of the lead actors.
       A short subject from Universal Film Mfg. Co., also titled The Captive, was listed in the 10 Apr 1915 Motion Picture News. The 10 Jul 1915 issue announced plans for another film by the same name as an upcoming Kalem Co. production.
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The 20 Feb 1915 Moving Picture World announced the project as the next starring vehicle for actress Blanche Sweet. The scenario, inspired by the Balkan Wars of 1912 and 1913, was co-written by director Cecil B. DeMille and writer Jeanie Macpherson. As stated in the 6 Mar 1915 Moving Picture World, the film was Sweet’s second for the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co.
       The Captive opened 22 Apr 1915. Reviews in the 30 Apr 1915 Var and 1 May 1915 Motion Picture News highlighted the “pretty exteriors and interiors,” as well as the performances of the lead actors.
       A short subject from Universal Film Mfg. Co., also titled The Captive, was listed in the 10 Apr 1915 Motion Picture News. The 10 Jul 1915 issue announced plans for another film by the same name as an upcoming Kalem Co. production.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
10 Apr 1915
p. 49, 70
Motion Picture News
1 May 1915
p. 67, 91
Motion Picture News
10 Jul 1915
p. 75
Motography
8 May 1915
p. 765
Moving Picture World
20 Feb 1915
p. 1125
Moving Picture World
6 Mar 1915
p. 1453
Moving Picture World
11 Mar 1916
p. 28
Moving Picture World
1 May 1915
p. 743
Moving Picture World
8 May 1915
p. 986, 988
NYDM
28 Apr 1915
p. 26
Variety
30 Apr 1915
p. 18
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 April 1915
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co., Inc.
3 April 1915
LU4918
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

During the Balkan Wars, Montenegran farmer Marko Martinovich is killed in the Battle of Lule Burgess. Captured Turkish nobleman Mahmud Hassan is assigned to the Martinovich farm to work for Marko’s sister, Sonya, and crippled brother, Milos. Although Sonya humiliates Mahmud at gunpoint by making him bake, wash clothes, draw water, and plow the fields, they gradually fall in love. When the Turks retake the town, a drunken officer tries to force himself on Sonya, but Mahmud comes to her rescue. Later, Mahmud returns home and finds that he has been stripped of his title and banished for thwarting the drunken officer. Meanwhile, a band of scavengers burns the Martinovich home, forcing Sonya and Milos to leave their farm. They meet Mahmud on the road and plan a new life ...

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During the Balkan Wars, Montenegran farmer Marko Martinovich is killed in the Battle of Lule Burgess. Captured Turkish nobleman Mahmud Hassan is assigned to the Martinovich farm to work for Marko’s sister, Sonya, and crippled brother, Milos. Although Sonya humiliates Mahmud at gunpoint by making him bake, wash clothes, draw water, and plow the fields, they gradually fall in love. When the Turks retake the town, a drunken officer tries to force himself on Sonya, but Mahmud comes to her rescue. Later, Mahmud returns home and finds that he has been stripped of his title and banished for thwarting the drunken officer. Meanwhile, a band of scavengers burns the Martinovich home, forcing Sonya and Milos to leave their farm. They meet Mahmud on the road and plan a new life together.

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