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Under False Colors (1917)

A young Russian woman escapes persecution in her country and makes her way to the United States. Shortly after her arrival she meets an American millionaire, John Colton. She pretends to be... See full summary »

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John Colton
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A young Russian woman escapes persecution in her country and makes her way to the United States. Shortly after her arrival she meets an American millionaire, John Colton. She pretends to be the daughter of a friend of Mr. Colton's in Poland, and he and his wife take her in. She takes advantage of her position with the Colton family to get inside tips on the stock market, which she then relays to a group of her fellow political refugees in New York City, so they can make money to use to bring about revolution in Russia. However, things don't go quite as she planned. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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23 September 1917 (USA)  »

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Anarkistkvinden  »

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A Jeanne Eagels "lost" silent film.

Jeanne Eagels appeared in six silent films at the start of her career. She went from this venture to Broadway, conquered it, and returned to Hollywood for three final film appearances before her untimely death. Four out of the nine films she made are lost. UNDER FALSE COLORS is one of these lost - no negative or print materials are known to exist.

Thanhouser, which produced the film, confirms that it is a lost film. A summary of the plot follows:

The Morning Telegraph, September 16, 1917:

"On September 23 the Pathé Company will release a Gold Rooster play, in which Frederick Warde and Jeanne Eagels have the leading parts. It is called Under False Colors, written by Lloyd Lonergan, directed by Emile Chautard and produced by the Thanhouser Company. The last film those two stars appeared in was The Fires of Youth, which was well received by the critics. The story is timely, dealing with Russia just prior to the dethronement of the Czar. Mr. Warde plays the part of John Colton, an American millionaire. The house obtained for use as his 'residence' in the picture is the home of Henry M. Flagler. All the outdoor scenes were taken on the Flagler estate at Orient Point, Mamaroneck, N.Y. Jeanne Eagels plays the Countess Olga, a Russian nihilist. Fleeing to this country to escape arrest in her own country, she impersonates the daughter of a Polish friend of Mr. Colton and so gains his confidence. He and his wife practically adopt her as their daughter. She makes use of the intimacy, thus created to get tips on the stock market. These tips she conveys to her nihilist friends in New York. They make use of them to enrich themselves. Eventually she finds that she has been the innocent tool of a band of up-to-date crooks who have imposed upon her loyalty to the Russian Revolution. But when the truth comes out she finds that her sweetness and amiability have gained for her true love in the Colton family, and she leaves her faithless old friends for the new."


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