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The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin (1918)

A propagandistic view of the First World War, showing the political greed of the German Kaiser Wilhelm, the resistance of some of his own soldiers, and fanciful prediction of the nature of ... See full summary »

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Marcas, the Blacksmith
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Capt. von Neigle
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Capt. von Hancke
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Ambassador Gerard
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Gabrielle
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Bertha von Neigle
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Grandmother Marcas
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A propagandistic view of the First World War, showing the political greed of the German Kaiser Wilhelm, the resistance of some of his own soldiers, and fanciful prediction of the nature of the war's end. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Ruper Julian's sensational Expose of the Kaisers intimate life - -

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Drama | History | War

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9 March 1918 (USA)  »

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Beast of Berlin  »

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Although frequently listed as a Universal production, this movie was an independent production produced by Rupert Julian for Renowned Pictures. Julian licensed the distribution rights to Renowned, who in turn sold the rights to Universal Jewel for world-wide distribution. Julian was such a convincing Kaiser that he was asked to reprise the role in many subsequent films. The film was a blockbuster when it was released, and Universal spared no expense in advertising their megahit. Carl Laemmle pushed the film to the theater owners as hard as he sold it to the viewing public. "A whirlwind of Applause - A Landslide of Money," "Unparalleled Receipts," and "The Picture That Blocked Traffic on Broadway" were some of the headlines for ads run in trade publications in an attempt to get theater owners to book the picture. Sadly, prints of the film no longer survive, and this title is on the American Film Institute's list of the "Ten Most Wanted" lost films. The film was also known as THE KAISER. In 1919, a short parody of the film was released titled THE GEEZER OF BERLIN. See more »

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A picture used in this film's entry at silentera.com shows Mr. Julien with his hands on his hips, revealing that his arms are about the same length. In fact, Wilhelm's left arm was shorter than his right and had been crippled due to a botched delivery; he could barely move it at all. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood: Hollywood Goes to War (1980) See more »

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A Tragic Loss For Silent Cinema
28 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Marcas ( Elmo Lincoln ), a mighty blacksmith, lives with his daughter Gabrielle ( Ruth Clifford ), his son Jean ( Georgie Hupp ), and old Grandmother Marcas ( Ruby Lafayette ) in the town of Louvain, Belgium. Far away in Berlin lives Emperor William II ( Rupert Julian ), the Kaiser of Germany. The Kaiser is in a foul mood and hurls numerous insults at Captain von Wohlbold ( Allan Sears ). The Captain, able to endure no more, strikes the Kaiser, then commits suicide to atone for his disgrace. The Kaiser soon after declares war, announcing his intention to invade Belgium. Marcas tries to calm the fears of his townspeople, saying that Belgium has signed a treaty of neutrality with Germany, but the Kaiser has torn up the treaty, and soon troops march into Louvain. When a soldier seizes Gabrielle, Marcas kills the men, then throws the body into a burning building to hide his crime. The Lusitania is sunk and the Kaiser bestows on the U-boat captain a special medal, but the thoughts of the women and children he drowned haunts the officer and he goes mad. The President of the United States declares war on Germany, whereupon great troops of soldiers begin to march. The Kaiser is brought the news of the American entrance into the war and is stunned. An end to the war soon comes, and the Kaiser becomes a prisoner of the Belgians.

This 1918 silent war propaganda melodrama starred Rupert Julian, who received rave reviews for his portrayal of the Kaiser. The film's supporting cast included Elmo Lincoln, Nigel De Brulier and Lon Chaney. It now tragically remains lost and is one of the films included on the American Film Institute's list of the "Ten Most Wanted" lost films.


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