Helene Marie, on the run from the Russian police in St. Petersburg, plots to kill the Czar.



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Cast overview:
Harry T. Morey ...
Arthur Bainbridge Lennox
Earle Williams ...
L. Rogers Lytton ...
Baron Friederich (as L. Roger Lytton)
Rose Tapley ...
Laura (as Rose E. Tapley)
Mary Anderson ...
Arthur Cozine ...
Basile Weletsky
Eulalie Jensen ...
Charles Wellesley ...
Constantine Weletsky
Louise Beaudet ...
Helen Connelly ...


The marriage of Marguerite Lenox to a wealthy Russian, and her subsequent widowhood, occasions a trip to Russia by her father, Arthur Bainbridge Lenox. He is a handsome man in the early forties. The noble Weletsky family, into whom his daughter has married, have never seen either Lenox or his wife, but desire Lenox's co-operation in the settlement of his daughter's estates. The summons comes while they are in Paris. A passport for two, man and wife, is secured, But Mrs. Lenox is of delicate health and decides to let her husband take the journey alone. The Nihilist, "Helen Marie," is also preparing a trip to Russia. Of unknown identity, her activities are yet notorious, and the police of Russia are warned. Knowledge of the passport is brought to her by a young Nihilist girl employed in Mrs. Lenox's services. Helene Marie has a just cause against the Russian aristocracy. When hardly more than a child, she saw her family butchered in cold blood. She carries through a ruse whereby Lenox ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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13 July 1914 (USA)  »

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Many sources mistakenly claim that Russian Communist icon Leon Trotsky was in this film as an extra. In fact, Trotsky was not yet in the United States when this was filmed. There is an extra who resembles him. See more »

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Helene Marie ( Clara Kimball Young ), a nihilist, persuades American Arthur Bainbridge Lennox ( Harry T. Morey ) to allow her to assume the role of his wife so that she can cross the Russian border. Although Lennox is already married and is deeply shocked by Helene's political views, he falls in love with her. He is unaware of the fact that while they are sharing a hotel room, she has been conspiring with her comrades to assassinate the Czar. Although Lennox discovers Helene in the arms of her lover, Sacha Weletsky ( Earle Williams ) , an officer of the Royal Guard, he still accompanies her to the Grand Ball. Later, however, when Lennox learns that she plans to kill the Czar during the dance, he drugs her and carries her back to their hotel. When she awakens, Helene drugs Lennox, and accompanied by Sacha, she escapes on a yacht. The couple is then pursued by the secret police, who torpedo their vessel. Later, the corpses of Sacha and Helene, locked in an embrace, float to the surface of the water.

This 1914 drama was adapted from the book My Official Wife written by Richard Henry Savage , a US officer who debuted as a writer with this novel. The film was produced by the Vitagraph Company of America and filmed on locations in Brooklyn, New York City, starring silent film actress, Clara Kimball Young. Only a fragmentary print exists of approximately 45 seconds of footage.

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