Opera singer Renee Dupree is in love with struggling composer Julian who falls very seriously ill. She goes to impresario Mueller for the money Julian needs but is saved from sacrificing her virtue when a jealous lover kills Mueller.




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Complete credited cast:
Renee Dupree
Otto Mueller
Elsie Jane Wilson ...
Madame Maroff
Baron Cheurial
Opera Admirer


Renee Dupree who sings in a restaurant, is spotted by Otto Muller, an opera impresario. Muller, who is taken with her beauty, offers Renee the starring role in his company's next production. She happily accepts the part only to discover later that Muller intends to make her his mistress. Engaged to Julien, a poor but talented violinist and composer, Renee refuses Muller's sexual advances and is fired. When Muller finds out that Julien, who has been writing an opera for him, is Renee's fiance, he dismisses him as well. Penniless, Julien takes work in a foundry, an exhausting job that causes him to fall sick. Distressed over her lover's health, Renee agrees to meet Muller's demands in exchange for a production of Julien's opera with her as star. As contracted, Renee goes to meet Muller after the successful opening show but luckily finds him dead, the victim of a vengeful, jilted mistress. Written by Pamela Short

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Release Date:

30 December 1915 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bakom kulisserna  »

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$22,472 (estimated)

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DeMille and Comedy
28 November 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I can't imagine DeMille trying to make a comedy film, especially a silent comedy film. He was such a serious person as a director that it is unconvincing that he would possess humour in him. However, his middle class audience wanted humour, and as he was an astute producer, he gave it to them in this film.

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