The Little American (1917)

Drama | 2 July 1917

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Cinematographer:

Alvin Wyckoff

Production Designer:

Wilfred Buckland

Production Company:

Mary Pickford Film Corp.
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HISTORY

       According to records kept by Cecil B. DeMille and currently housed in the DeMille Collection at Brigham Young University, the film cost $166,949.16 to produced (including Mary Pickford's salary of $86,666.66) and earned gross film rentals of $446,236.88
       Cecil B. DeMille in his autobiography stated that Ramon Novarro, Wallace Beery and Sam Wood acted in this film. Other modern sources credit DeMille as film editor and list Gordon Griffith as appearing in the film. Some sources list Colleen Moore as appearing in the film. This is incorrect. The un-named role for which Moore has been credited, is actually played by Lila Lee. Some sources list Artcraft as the producing company. The film was shot at the Lasky studio in ... More Less

       According to records kept by Cecil B. DeMille and currently housed in the DeMille Collection at Brigham Young University, the film cost $166,949.16 to produced (including Mary Pickford's salary of $86,666.66) and earned gross film rentals of $446,236.88
       Cecil B. DeMille in his autobiography stated that Ramon Novarro, Wallace Beery and Sam Wood acted in this film. Other modern sources credit DeMille as film editor and list Gordon Griffith as appearing in the film. Some sources list Colleen Moore as appearing in the film. This is incorrect. The un-named role for which Moore has been credited, is actually played by Lila Lee. Some sources list Artcraft as the producing company. The film was shot at the Lasky studio in Hollywood. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
14 Jul 17
p. 416.
Motog
28 Jul 17
p. 208.
MPN
21 Jul 17
p. 432, 890.
MPW
21 Jul 17
p. 471, 542.
NYDM
14 Jul 17
p. 2, 16.
Variety
6 Jul 17
p. 24.
Wid's
12 Jul 17
pp. 440-41.
DETAILS
Release Date:
2 July 1917
Production Date:
13 April 1917 through 22 May 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Artcraft Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
28 June 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11016
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
With tinted sequences
gauge
35mm
Length(in feet):
5,926
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Karl Von Austreim, a German-American living in the United States, bids farewell to his sweetheart, Angela Moore, and returns to Germany at the outbreak of World War I to fight for his native country. Count Jules de Destin of the French embassy, a rival for Angela's hand, also leaves, and shortly afterwards, Angela is called to France to care for her dying aunt. Her ship, the Veritania , is torpedoed, but she is rescued and finally arrives in France to find her aunt dead and the old chateau converted into a hospital. Having angrily forsaken her position of American neutrality, Angela agrees to conceal a telephone by which she may contact the retreating French, and after the Germans arrive, she begins sending messages to the Allies. Karl, transformed by the war, attacks Angela in the dark, but when the German colonel orders her to be shot as a spy, her former lover denounces the Kaiser and joins her before the firing squad. An attack by the French saves them, and they escape to a church, where Jules, as a reward for Angela's bravery, gives Karl his freedom and grants them both safe passage to ... +


Karl Von Austreim, a German-American living in the United States, bids farewell to his sweetheart, Angela Moore, and returns to Germany at the outbreak of World War I to fight for his native country. Count Jules de Destin of the French embassy, a rival for Angela's hand, also leaves, and shortly afterwards, Angela is called to France to care for her dying aunt. Her ship, the Veritania , is torpedoed, but she is rescued and finally arrives in France to find her aunt dead and the old chateau converted into a hospital. Having angrily forsaken her position of American neutrality, Angela agrees to conceal a telephone by which she may contact the retreating French, and after the Germans arrive, she begins sending messages to the Allies. Karl, transformed by the war, attacks Angela in the dark, but when the German colonel orders her to be shot as a spy, her former lover denounces the Kaiser and joins her before the firing squad. An attack by the French saves them, and they escape to a church, where Jules, as a reward for Angela's bravery, gives Karl his freedom and grants them both safe passage to America. +

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