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The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin (1918)

 |  Drama, History, War  |  9 March 1918 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcas, the Blacksmith
Nigel De Brulier ...
Capt. von Neigle
Harry von Meter ...
Capt. von Hancke
Harry Carter ...
Joseph W. Girard ...
Ambassador Gerard
Harry Holden ...
Gretchen Lederer ...
Bertha von Neigle
Betty Carpenter ...
Ruby Lafayette ...
Grandmother Marcas
Zoe Rae ...
Mark Fenton ...
Adm. von Tirpitz
Jay Smith ...


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 <>

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


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9 March 1918 (USA)  »

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Beast of Berlin  »

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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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