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Sardou's play was adapted for the English stage in 1878 by Clement Scott and B. C. Stephenson under the title Diplomacy . After making changes in Dora , Sardou presented it as L'Espionne in Paris on 6 Dec 1905. Marie Doro starred in the play Diplomacy in New York in 1915. Famous Players-Lasky remade the film in 1926, starring Blanche Sweet and directed by Marshall Neilan. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; ... More Less

Sardou's play was adapted for the English stage in 1878 by Clement Scott and B. C. Stephenson under the title Diplomacy . After making changes in Dora , Sardou presented it as L'Espionne in Paris on 6 Dec 1905. Marie Doro starred in the play Diplomacy in New York in 1915. Famous Players-Lasky remade the film in 1926, starring Blanche Sweet and directed by Marshall Neilan. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.1352.) More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Motog
11 Mar 16
p. 589.
MPN
11 Mar 16
p. 1470.
MPW
11 Mar 16
p. 1664.
NYDM
9 Dec 16
p. 1507.
Variety
3 Mar 16
p. 23.
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LITERARY
Based on the play Dora by Victorien Sardou (Paris, 22 Jan 1877).
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 February 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players Film Co.
Copyright Date:
23 February 1916
Copyright Number:
LU7689
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Because of dwindling assets, Dora and her mother have gone wealthy-husband hunting in Europe, so when Dora falls in love with penniless nobleman Julian Beauclerc, her mother heartily disapproves. When Julian inherits millions and is appointed attaché to the British embassy, however, his marriage proposal can be accepted. Then, Julian realizes that important defense papers entrusted to him have been stolen. He suspects Dora of being the thief because he knows nothing about her past, since she and her mother have kept their poverty a secret. Finally, Julian's brother Henri stumbles upon the papers and, sniffing them, recognizes the perfume of the Countess Zicka. With this evidence, Henri charges the countess with spying and also mends the faltering relationship between Julian and ... +


Because of dwindling assets, Dora and her mother have gone wealthy-husband hunting in Europe, so when Dora falls in love with penniless nobleman Julian Beauclerc, her mother heartily disapproves. When Julian inherits millions and is appointed attaché to the British embassy, however, his marriage proposal can be accepted. Then, Julian realizes that important defense papers entrusted to him have been stolen. He suspects Dora of being the thief because he knows nothing about her past, since she and her mother have kept their poverty a secret. Finally, Julian's brother Henri stumbles upon the papers and, sniffing them, recognizes the perfume of the Countess Zicka. With this evidence, Henri charges the countess with spying and also mends the faltering relationship between Julian and Dora. +

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