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Womanhood, the Glory of the Nation (1917)

When the nation of Ruthania declares war on the United States, an army of enemy soldiers invades the U.S. and captures New York. But the American forces have prepared adequately for such an... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Mary Ward
Paul Strong
Jane Strong
Marshal Prince Dario
Count Dario
Julia Strong
James Morrison ...
Philip Ward
Peggy Hyland ...
Alice Renfrow
Templar Saxe ...
Baron Reyva
Little Boy
Edward Elkas ...
Bernard Siegel ...
The spy Carl
John Costello ...
Prime Minister
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Woodrow Wilson ...


When the nation of Ruthania declares war on the United States, an army of enemy soldiers invades the U.S. and captures New York. But the American forces have prepared adequately for such an event, and hidden booby traps, trick fortifications, and remote-controlled bombs... Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Drama | War




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9 April 1917 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Battle Cry of War  »

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1.33 : 1
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Lost Alice Joyce Silent
12 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This 1917 war/drama starring the popular actress, Alice Joyce, was produced by the Vitagraph Company and sadly now remains a lost film. I have found an original film review to share with the reader.

Variety, April 6, 1917 - In an effort to put out a wonderful photo drama and at the same time an effective and compelling argument for preparedness, Vitagraph in "Womanhood" has overshot the mark, and overplayed the game, thereby weakening the effort as a whole. The scenario by H.W. Bergman, leads itself to plenty of heavy dramatic work, with a love episode an important feature and the hinge on which the development of the plot hangs, but with the memory of other preparedness plays comparatively fresh it is easy to see where the blowing up of fake battleships, and the bombing of trenches, and the lurid glare of burning villages, and the marching and fighting of armies, and the general wreck, ruin and devastation of a campaign of invasion, have had their force lessened by too constant and insistent repetition, and when in an attack by airships of New York the whole lower part of the city is shattered, it seems rather strange that enemy marksmen moving swiftly through the air should be able to spare such notable structures as the Woolworth tower and the big Municipal building. Preparedness is sorely needed, but much stronger arguments can be made for it than "Womanhood" presents. The cast leaves nothing to be desired. Mary Ward, returning from Ruritania to the United States by way of the Orient, learns in Manila that war had been declared, New York stricken, and her mother and sister killed. Paul Strong, in Manila at the time, is called home and he and Mary travel together, he being appointed minister of Energies on his arrival. Count Dario, of Rurtiania, has sought Mary's hand, she had promised him an answer when they meet in New York, not knowing of the war plans, and finds him an officer of the invaders. To help her country she joins forces with the Count, and does valuable services as a spy, but is compelled to witness the shooting of Paul's sister, who had won the title of the "American Joan of Arc." Strongs handling of the country's resources naturally bring about the final victory. Count Dario is shot by his father, the Prince, for disobedience of orders, and with the remnants of the Ruritanian army defeated, practically wiped out, and its big navy destroyed by a new naval war engine called the "firebugs," the love episode between Strong and Mary comes to the conventional happy ending, her brother, Philip, who has been blinded, being taken fond care of by Jane Strong, who had been disfigured in the course of the mix-up, and to whom his blindness was a blessing in disguise. It is very doubtful if any who are inclined to disloyalty to the flag will be influenced the other way by the spectacle, any more than the patriotism of the loyal will be enhanced by it. As propaganda of a certain kind it is excellent, but in spite of all its hurrah it leaves a feeling of disappointment that no more powerful argument has been presented for the cause than has been shown along not dissimilar lines many times before.

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