Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
In Belgium, at the outbreak of the war, Russian agent Olga Raminoff ( Clara Williams ) shoots at a German general when the enemy enters town. Ray Bourke ( William Desmond ), an American traveller, gives her the protection of his name, but nevertheless both are sentenced to death. They are rescued by an allied rescue plane and later, bound for home, Ray meets an old college friend, Curt Schreiber ( Wallace Worsley ), who is in the service of the German government. Schreiber has important papers to be delivered to Washington and, knowing that he will be searched on board ship, gives them to Ray. Olga beseeches Ray to give the papers up for her sake, but his word to Schreiber is sacred. Nearing America, Ray tells her that he will make an effort to return the papers if she will marry him. Once married, they settle on his estate, where Schreiber comes to visit one day. Leaving suddenly with a borrowed suitcase, Schreiber opens the bag and discovers his papers. Thus, the German is able to retrieve his papers without Ray breaking his promise to Olga.
This 1917 silent war/drama was produced by Kay-Bee Pictures, starring William Desmond and Clara Williams. Many trade reviews of the time, objected to the storyline of an American coming to the aid of the German. The survival status of Paws of the Bear is now listed as unknown.
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