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Cast overview:
Fedia (as John Sainpolis)
Myron Abram
John W. Boyle ...
Mrs. David Landau ...
Mrs. Rosenheimer (as Mrs. Landau)
Mrs. E.M. Kimball ...
Mrs. Sokoloff (as Mrs. Kimball)
Thomas Charles ...
Florence Hackett ...
Akulena, Fiodor's Wife
Silas Feinberg ...
Alex Sokoloff
Robert Cummings ...
Nicholas Dunaew ...
Music Master
Adolph Lestina ...
Chief of Police


A young Russian girl is forced into a life of prostitution in Czarist Russia, and she and a British journalist find their lives endangered when she reveals to him information regarding the social crimes rampant in her country. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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7 February 1916 (USA)  »

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The Badge of Shame  »

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Original Review
9 July 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

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Sonia Sokoloff, the daughter of a well-to-do Jewish family in Kiev, is ambitious to become a grand opera singer. Fedia, a Russian police spy, is employed by the Sokoloff's as a valet. Fedia desires Sonia and when she is alone he attacks her. She escapes from him but in order not to alarm her parents, discharges Fedia and tells them nothing of her experience. Fedia swears allegiance to the notorious Black Hundred, a mob organized to destroy the Jews.

Fedia incites Ivan, a leader of the Black Hundreds, to a terrible massacre. The Sokoloffs are all killed except Sonia and her uncle, Myron. Fedia during the massacre, steals into the house in search of Sonia. Ivan returning for loot, hears Sonia's cries for help. Seeing her beauty, he and Fedia fight for possession of her. Ivan is killed and Sonia's escapes. Weeks later Sonia, no longer considered a citizen, is ordered to leave Russia. Loath to be torn from the graves of her family and give up her music lessons, Sonia, in spite of her uncle Myron's protests, registers with the police as a public woman and take out a yellow passport. (Only Jewish women with yellow passports are allowed to remain outside the Pale, which is the Jewish settlement). Suspecting that Sonia is a moral woman living under false pretenses, the police master finds out that she has paid the landlords and neighborhood police for protection. Fedia, now a police inspector, is sent to spy upon her. Sonia and her uncle Myron trick the police, but fearing that Fedia will annoy her again, they leave for America.

On the ship are Carl Rosenheimer, an impresario, and his son, Adolphe. They hear of the Russian Nightingale among the steerage passengers and interview her. During the voyage Adolph and Sonia fall in love. Reaching Ellis Island, Sonia and her uncle Myron once more trick he officials concealing from them all knowledge of the yellow passport and making it possible for Sonia to be admitted. In America Sonia becomes a famous opera singer and is formally engaged to Adolph. Fedia is sent by the Russian government to this country. At the height of her success and happiness, Fedia appears on the scene and discloses to the Rosenheimers the history of Sonia's yellow passport. The proofs of her innocence, the letters written by her to the Police Master, were left in Russia when she and her uncle Myron fled to America. Akulena and Fiodor, expelled from Russia, come to America carrying with them these letters, in hopes of finding Sonia; Adolph regrets his denouncement of Sonia even before the proofs of her innocence are produced.

Sadly this 1916 silent drama is now listed as a lost film.

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