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The Road Through the Dark (1918)

Gabrielle Jardee, daughter of a conservative Parisian family, is in love with an American, John Morgan, who her parents disapprove of. She is sent away from Paris to a small village, where ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Gabrielle Jardee
Duke Karl
Henry Woodward ...
John Morgan
Antoine Jardee
Louise Jardee
Father Alphonse (as Edward M. Kimball)
Pvt. Schultz
Aunt Julie


Gabrielle Jardee, daughter of a conservative Parisian family, is in love with an American, John Morgan, who her parents disapprove of. She is sent away from Paris to a small village, where her aunt lives with her sister and brother. The war comes and the Germans enter the town. She becomes the mistress of a German Kommandant. By means of a code which John understands she supplies the French Government with valuable information. In Berlin, she kills Karl and makes her escape to Paris, where she meets John, who offers her the love she thought she had lost. Moving Picture World Written by Pamela Short

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Release Date:

November 1918 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Densas Trevas  »

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Original 1918 Review
10 July 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Review from Moving Picture World December 21, 1918 "THE ROAD THROUGH THE DARK" Clara Kimball Young the Heroine of Select Story That Will Arouse Different Opinions.

When Maud Radford Warren wrote "The Road Through the Dark" she built her plot on a situation that is bound to arouse a difference of opinion as to whether its use is justified by the author. No one will deny its dramatic value. In order to help her country, by spying on the enemy, a young French girl becomes the mistress of a German officer, goes to Berlin with him and lives openly with him for three years. At the end of that time he discovers her rifling his desk and she kills him in the struggle that ensues. Produced by Clara Kimball Young and her own company and released on the Select program, the picture has been adequately directed by Edmund Mortimer and given the benefit of a thoroughly competent cast. Its construction brings out the points of the story clearly and with strong dramatic effect.

Kathryn Stuart made the scenario. She has introduced one incident that will not be accepted by loyal Americans. No one who has followed the history of the German war lords in the present conflict is going to believe that His Highness, Duke Karl of Strellitz, was instructed by his superiors to stop all killing and unnecessary violence in the town that he had captured and where his soldiers are shown shooting down defenseless men and women and outraging young girls. The sooner this misleading incident is cut out, the better for the picture.

According to the scenario, when the Duke receives this communication he tells the young French girl, who has just seen her aunt and little brother murdered and her young sister attacked by a brute of a Hun, that he has been instructed not to spare anyone in the village, but that she can save them all at the price of her honor. Gabrielle consents, and for three years conceals her loathing of him so skillfully that the duke never suspects his victim is not deeply in love with him. After killing the duke Gabrielle escapes across the border and joins her American lover, with whom she has kept up a correspondence in code that betrayed valuable secrets to the Allies.

Clara Kimball Young plays Gabrielle with her usual artistic grasp and dramatic strength. Jack Holt, as the duke, is fully entitled to his position as leading support. The other characters are played by Henry Woodward as John Morgan, Eleanor Fair as Marie Louise, Bobby Connolly as Georges, John Steppling as Antoine Jardee, Lillian Leighton as Louise Jardee, Elmo Lincoln as Private Schultz, Edward M. Kimball as Father Alphonse, and Eugenie Besserer as Aunt Julie. Arthur Edeson was the photographer.

Sadly this 1918 silent drama is now a lost film.

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