A German-American father, loyal to his new U.S. home, finds himself on opposite sides with his son in the wartime conflict between Germany and America. The son becomes involved with German ... See full summary »

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Henry Wagner
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Karl Wagner
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Frank Douglas
Herbert Sutch ...
Krippen (as Bert Sutch)
Max Davidson ...
Max
Lillian Clark ...
Leone (as Lillian Clarke)
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Krug
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Von Bickel
Adolph Lestina ...
Beth's Father
Kate Bruce ...
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A German-American father, loyal to his new U.S. home, finds himself on opposite sides with his son in the wartime conflict between Germany and America. The son becomes involved with German agents plotting against U.S., and the father must decide between his son and his adopted homeland. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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25 August 1918 (USA)  »

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F-4  »

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Remains Lost
23 July 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

After the death of her father, Beth ( Dorothy Gish ) is adopted by Henry Wagner ( George Fawcett ), a German who has made his fortune in America. Beth believes herself in love with Wagner's American-born son Karl ( Charles Gerrard ), although Frank Douglas ( Douglas MacLean ), her school friend, is also in love with her. Following the United States' declaration of war against Germany, Karl returns home from Berlin where, in attending a German college, he had developed a strong loyalty to the German cause. When Karl drinks to the Kaiser's health, Henry denounces his son as a traitor, and later Beth overhears Karl making plans with Krug ( Robert Anderson ), a German spy, to blow up an American troop transport. While Krug plants a bomb on the ship, Karl imprisons Beth, but Frank, a Secret Service agent who has learned of the plot, fights off the band of spies and rescues her. The two wire the ship just in time to prevent the explosion, after which Karl and his cohorts are apprehended. Realizing that she has always loved Frank, Beth marries him.

This 1918 silent war/drama premiered May 1st, 1918 as The Enemy Within in Pasadena, California. Released 8 September 1918. Left over footage taken for D.W. Griffith's Hearts of the World (1918) was used in this film. The film was produced by F-4, a separate corporation owned by D.W. Griffith; the film was sold before release to Famous Players-Lasky Corporation. This film was the first Paramount-Artcraft special. Starring Dorothy Gish and Douglas MacLean, sadly The Hun Within remains a lost silent film.


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