The Legion of Death (1918)

Drama | January 1918

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HISTORY

The 17 Nov 1917 Motion Picture News reported that scenes were filmed that week at a "big plot of ground in the San Fernando Valley," north of Los Angeles, CA, which the Metro Company had leased. The crew dug trenches, duplicated from photographs, for the staging of battles between a Russian women's regiment and the German army. The actresses received several days of training before action began. Over 2,000 people were reportedly used in the scenes leading up to the Russian Revolution.
       The 1 Dec 1917 and 8 Dec 1917 issues of Motion Picture World stated that director Tod Browning was shooting the final scenes for The Legion of Death.
       Filming locales included San Pedro and Monrovia, ... More Less

The 17 Nov 1917 Motion Picture News reported that scenes were filmed that week at a "big plot of ground in the San Fernando Valley," north of Los Angeles, CA, which the Metro Company had leased. The crew dug trenches, duplicated from photographs, for the staging of battles between a Russian women's regiment and the German army. The actresses received several days of training before action began. Over 2,000 people were reportedly used in the scenes leading up to the Russian Revolution.
       The 1 Dec 1917 and 8 Dec 1917 issues of Motion Picture World stated that director Tod Browning was shooting the final scenes for The Legion of Death.
       Filming locales included San Pedro and Monrovia, CA. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
19 Jan 1918
p. 569.
Exhibitors Trade Review
16 Feb 1918
p. 909.
Motion Picture News
17 Nov 1917
p. 3479.
Moving Picture World
1 Dec 1917
p. 1312.
Moving Picture World
8 Dec 1917
p. 1471.
Moving Picture World
26 Jan 1918
p. 572.
Variety
22 Nov 1918
p. 46.
DETAILS
Release Date:
January 1918
Production Date:
ended early December 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
1 February 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12028
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Princess Marya and her brother, the Grand Duke Paul of Russia, are studying in the U.S. when word reaches them that Rasputin is to be killed. Paul is seized by Russian secret service men, but through Marya's appeal to Captain Rodney Willard, he is released. In Russia, Marya participates actively in the Revolution, while Willard, with whom she has fallen in love, joins the Allied Commission. Deeply troubled by the influence of German agents in Russia, Marya organizes the Legion of Death, a fighting unit of peasant women, and leads them into battle against the Germans. The legion suffers defeat and Marya is captured, but in the end, she wins her ... +


Princess Marya and her brother, the Grand Duke Paul of Russia, are studying in the U.S. when word reaches them that Rasputin is to be killed. Paul is seized by Russian secret service men, but through Marya's appeal to Captain Rodney Willard, he is released. In Russia, Marya participates actively in the Revolution, while Willard, with whom she has fallen in love, joins the Allied Commission. Deeply troubled by the influence of German agents in Russia, Marya organizes the Legion of Death, a fighting unit of peasant women, and leads them into battle against the Germans. The legion suffers defeat and Marya is captured, but in the end, she wins her freedom. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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