During World War I, an illegitimate son of the German Kaiser, who had been raised in the US--and is a double for the the Kaiser's son, the Crown Prince--is sent to Germany as a spy in order to kill both the Kaiser and his son.

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(story) (as John Joseph Harvey), (story) (as Clifford P. Saum)
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Earl Schenck ...
Robert Busch / Crown Prince
Claire Whitney ...
Emily Busch
Percy Standing ...
Richard Busch
Louis Dean ...
John Sunderland ...
Lieutenant Patin
Fred Hearn ...
Carl Von Stumpf (as Fred G. Hearn)
Charles T. Parr ...
Lewis Keene
Philip Van Loan ...
A Blue Devil
Billie Wagner ...
Little French Girl
Victor De Linsky ...
Butler (as Vic De Linsky)
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During World War I, an illegitimate son of the German Kaiser, who had been raised in the US--and is a double for the the Kaiser's son, the Crown Prince--is sent to Germany as a spy in order to kill both the Kaiser and his son.

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Drama | War

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December 1918 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This film is presumed lost. In the late 1949s and 1950s, Warner Bros. destroyed many of its negatives due to nitrate film decomposition. Studio records indicate that the negative of filmography pre-1931 was marked "Junked 12/27/48" (December 27, 1948) or in February 1956, Jack Warner sold the rights to all of his pre-December 1949 films to Associated Artists Productions. Please check your attic. See more »

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Lost Early War Drama
31 July 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In pre-World War I Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm ( Louis Dean ) fathers a number of illegitimate children and sends them to various parts of the world to be reared by his loyal agents. Under the guardianship of Dr. Carl Von Strumpf ( Fred G. Hearn ), one of these children, Robert Busch ( Earl Schenck ), grows up believing that he is the son of wealthy German-American Richard Busch ( Percy Standing ), but in reality, Strumpf and Busch are servants of the Kaiser. When the United States declares war on Germany, Robert expresses his earnest desire to enlist in the American army, much to the delight of his patriotic sister Emily ( Claire Whitney ). Before he can do so, however, Strumpf tells Robert the secret of his parentage, believing that the young man now will be eager to fight for Germany's cause. Robert feigns enthusiasm but secretly offers his services to the U.S. government, and with the passport provided him by the Pan-German league, he goes to Germany and kills the crown prince. Next, he shoots the Kaiser and blows up the entire palace, thus sacrificing his life for the principles of democracy.

This 1918 silent war/drama was produced by Warner Brothers Pictures and starred Claire Whitney, Earl Schenck and Percy Standing. The Kaiser's Finish features newsreel footage of real warfare and Kaiser Wilhelm. Sadly this silent film is now lost.


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