(story) (as M.B. Havey), (adaptation)


Cast overview:
Bessie Barriscale ...
Alan Roscoe ...
Sir Derek Anstruther
Joseph J. Dowling ...
Diana Vane
Stanhope Wheatcroft ...
George Vincent
Henry Kolker ...
Duke of Wryden
Wedgwood Nowell ...
Undetermined Role
Una Trevelyn ...
Undetermined Role


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Drama | Romance





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1 September 1919 (USA)  »

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Marché d'amour  »

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1.33 : 1
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Her Purchase Price (1919) -- Lost Silent ?
19 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Hamid-Ali (Joseph J. Dowling), an Arab chieftain and bandit, captures an English baby during a raid on a caravan and, naming her Sheka (Bessie Barriscale), puts her in a harem to be prepared for the slave auction. At the auction, Sir Derek Anstruther (Alan Roscoe), who has fallen in love with Sheka, disguises himself as an Arab and bids for her. After a fight, he kidnaps her and marries her at the English consulate. In England, Sheka has embarrassing moments conforming to British customs of dress and manner, which are intensified by the plottings of Derek's former sweetheart. When Derek neglects her because of financial worries, Sheka decides to sell herself to the libertine Duke of Wryden (Henry Kolker) for the amount that Derek needs. Derek rushes to the duke's home when he hears of Sheka's plan, but after he learns that the duke investigated her and discovered she was his niece and an heiress to a large estate, Derek and Sheka are reunited.

This 1919 silent drama/romance was directed by Howard C. Hickman and was distributed by the newly formed Robertson-Cole. Bessie Barriscale starred in this now lost silent film.

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