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The film marked the screen debut of stage actor Lou-Tellegen. Pre-release publicity lists Cecil B. DeMille as director and Ernest Joy as a cast member. The Lasky ranch in the San Fernando Valley was transformed to recreate an African village for the ... More Less

The film marked the screen debut of stage actor Lou-Tellegen. Pre-release publicity lists Cecil B. DeMille as director and Ernest Joy as a cast member. The Lasky ranch in the San Fernando Valley was transformed to recreate an African village for the film. More Less

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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
9 Oct 15
p. 768.
MPN
17 Jul 15
p. 106.
MPN
14 Aug 15
pp. 61-62, 70
MPN
25 Sep 15
p. 6, 121
MPN
11 Sep 15
p. 65.
MPN
25 Sep 15
p. 1, 110
MPN
2 Oct 15
p. 80.
NYDM
29 Sep 15
p. 28.
Variety
24 Sep 15
p. 21.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Explorer by W. Somerset Maugham (London, 1909).
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 September 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 September 1915
Copyright Number:
LU6272
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Sent to Africa on a secret government mission, the British explorer Alec McKenzie is persuaded by Lucy Allerton, his fiancée, to take along her brother George, who, because of his reckless drinking, has been fired from his job. Accompanied by George, Dr. Adamson and McInnery, a former suitor of Lucy, Alec treks into the wilds of Africa and negotiates settlements with the local tribes. Before the treaties are made official, however, George attacks a native girl and kills her lover. The tribesmen declare war on the intruders, and suddenly repentant, George volunteers to stay behind and cover the others while they escape to the nearest boat. Alex promises to keep George's sacrifice a secret and suffers rejection from Lucy, who believes McInnery's story that Alec abandoned her brother to save himself. Unable to endure the injustice in silence, Dr. Adamson finally tells Lucy the ... +


Sent to Africa on a secret government mission, the British explorer Alec McKenzie is persuaded by Lucy Allerton, his fiancée, to take along her brother George, who, because of his reckless drinking, has been fired from his job. Accompanied by George, Dr. Adamson and McInnery, a former suitor of Lucy, Alec treks into the wilds of Africa and negotiates settlements with the local tribes. Before the treaties are made official, however, George attacks a native girl and kills her lover. The tribesmen declare war on the intruders, and suddenly repentant, George volunteers to stay behind and cover the others while they escape to the nearest boat. Alex promises to keep George's sacrifice a secret and suffers rejection from Lucy, who believes McInnery's story that Alec abandoned her brother to save himself. Unable to endure the injustice in silence, Dr. Adamson finally tells Lucy the truth. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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