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Mare Nostrum (1926)

Passed  -  War  -  15 February 1926 (USA)
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The story of a female German spy who willingly sacrifices her life for her country.



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Complete credited cast:
Apollon Uni ...
The Triton (prologue) (as Uni Apollon)
Álex Nova ...
Don Esteban Ferragut (prologue) (as Alex Nova)
Kada-Abd-el-Kader ...
Don Esteban's Son - Ulysses (prologue)
Hughie Mack ...
Caragol (prologue)
Alice Terry ...
Freya Talberg
Ulysses Ferragut
Mademoiselle Kithnou ...
Ferragut's Wife - Dona Cinta (as Mle. Kithnou)
Mickey Brantford ...
Ferragut's Son - Esteban (as Michael Brantford)
Rosita Ramírez ...
Ferragut's Niece - Pepita
Frédéric Mariotti ...
Toni - the Mate (as Fredrick Mariotti)
Pâquerette ...
Doctor Fedelmann (as Mme. Paquerette)
Fernand Mailly ...
Count Kaledine
Andrews Engelmann ...
Submarine Commander (as André von Engelman)


German spies, using Freya Talberg as bait, convince neutral Spaniard Ulysses Ferragut to navigate a ship to refuel German U-boats, telling him they would never fire on passenger ships. But one torpedoes the ship his son, Esteban, was on, killing him and many others. He sets out to punish the ones responsible. Written by Arthur Hausner <>

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15 February 1926 (USA)  »

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Our Sea  »

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1.33 : 1
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Following political pressure from the UK, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer withdrew this film from British territories following it's initial theatrical run. See more »


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Tragic silent film
27 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ulysses (handsome Antonio Moreno) owns a boat called the Mare Nostrum. He also has an uncaring wife but a son Estaban (Mickey Brantford) whom he loves. An evil, sexy German spy Freye (Alice Terry) seduces Ulysses and convinces him to help bring supplies to a German sub. He does and the sub ends up destroying a ship that Estaban is on. Ulysses vows to kill all the people responsible.

This silent film was believed lost for many years. Thankfully it's been found and beautifully restored. Basically, this is a tragedy so it's hardly a happy film but still it's extremely well-made and directed by Rex Ingram, one of the best silent film directors. There are some very amusing miniature ships and subs in some sequences, but this WAS 1926--that's probably the best they had!

The acting is good too. Moreno was a very popular star in his day--sadly, he's forgotten today. He's good-looking and gives one hell of a performance--some of his reaction shots were incredibly good. Terry was obviously hired because she was married to director Ingram, but she was a good actress and she's good here. She was cast against type playing an evil woman (she usually played the good girl) and she pulls it off. Her scene in front of the firing squad is just great. And young Brantford is very good as Estaban. The only bad thing was Caragol (Hughie Mack)--an obese man who provides unfunny comic relief. And it DOES have a silly ending.

Still, a great silent film. Well worth catching.

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