The Kaiser's Finish (1918)

Drama | November 1918

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HISTORY

The film contains newsreel footage of Kaiser Wilhelm and the Crown Prince Wilhelm as well as actual warfare ... More Less

The film contains newsreel footage of Kaiser Wilhelm and the Crown Prince Wilhelm as well as actual warfare scenes. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
5 Oct 18
pp. 1472-73.
ETR
19 Oct 18
p. 1699, 1770
MPN
12 Oct 18
p. 2409, 2443
MPN
26 Oct 18
p. 2704.
MPW
19 Oct 18
pp. 343-44, 445-46.
MPW
9 Nov 18
pp. 694-95.
NYDM
14 Dec 18
p. 880.
Wid's
15 Dec 18
p. 13.
DETAILS
Release Date:
November 1918
Copyright Claimant:
A. Warner
Copyright Date:
2 November 1918
Copyright Number:
LP13026
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6-8
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

In pre-World War I Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm fathers a number of illegitimate children and sends them to various parts of the world to be reared by his loyal agents. Under the guardianship of Dr. Carl Von Strumpf, one of these children, Robert Busch, grows up believing that he is the son of wealthy German-American Richard Busch, but in reality, Strumpf and Busch are servants of the Kaiser. When the United States declares war on Germany, Robert expresses his earnest desire to enlist in the American army, much to the delight of his patriotic sister Emily. Before he can do so, however, Strumpf tells Robert the secret of his parentage, believing that the young man now will be eager to fight for Germany's cause. Robert feigns enthusiasm but secretly offers his services to the U.S. government, and with the passport provided him by the Pan-German league, he goes to Germany and kills the crown prince. Next, he shoots the Kaiser and blows up the entire palace, thus sacrificing his life for the principles of ... +


In pre-World War I Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm fathers a number of illegitimate children and sends them to various parts of the world to be reared by his loyal agents. Under the guardianship of Dr. Carl Von Strumpf, one of these children, Robert Busch, grows up believing that he is the son of wealthy German-American Richard Busch, but in reality, Strumpf and Busch are servants of the Kaiser. When the United States declares war on Germany, Robert expresses his earnest desire to enlist in the American army, much to the delight of his patriotic sister Emily. Before he can do so, however, Strumpf tells Robert the secret of his parentage, believing that the young man now will be eager to fight for Germany's cause. Robert feigns enthusiasm but secretly offers his services to the U.S. government, and with the passport provided him by the Pan-German league, he goes to Germany and kills the crown prince. Next, he shoots the Kaiser and blows up the entire palace, thus sacrificing his life for the principles of democracy. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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