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Sealed Orders (1914)

Det hemmelighedsfulde X (original title)
On the brink of war, Lt. van Hauen is summoned to take command of the cruiser, but due to unforeseen events, he is wrongfully convicted as a traitor.

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Benjamin Christensen, Laurids Skands (manuscript)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Benjamin Christensen ... Løjtnant van Hauen
Karen Caspersen Karen Caspersen ... Fru van Hauen
Otto Reinwald Otto Reinwald ... Ældste søn
Fritz Lamprecht Fritz Lamprecht ... Kontreadmiral van Hauen
Amanda Lund Amanda Lund ... Gamle Jane, barnepige
Hermann Spiro Hermann Spiro ... Grev Spinelli
Bjørn Spiro Bjørn Spiro ... Yngste søn, Johnny
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Holger Bjerre Holger Bjerre
Otto Lagoni Otto Lagoni
Charles Løwaas Charles Løwaas ... Flådeofficer
Holger Rasmussen Holger Rasmussen ... Flådeofficer
Svend Rindom Svend Rindom ... Lærer
Robert Schmidt Robert Schmidt ... Sagfører
Finn Wennerwald Finn Wennerwald ... Flådeofficer
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War is in the air. Relations between the two nations are strained to the breaking point. Count Spinelli is the secret agent of the foreign power, and it is his mission to find out what the plans of the government are. To assist in attaining his end, the count organizes a carrier pigeon service between his government's headquarters and an old mill on his own estate. Upon war being declared, Rear-Admiral Van Houven arranges his order of attack, and hands over the sealed orders referring to same, to his son, Lieutenant Van Houven. Through an extremely tragic train of events, these sealed orders are placed in the way of Spinelli, who, of course, is not slow to take advantage of his opportunity. Accordingly he copies the orders and sends them by carrier pigeon to his own chief. The pigeon, however, is shot by a government officer; the message is discovered and Rear-Admiral Van Houven learns of the treachery. Quite naturally he immediately suspects his son, and putting duty before paternal ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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En dansk Sensations-Film

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

April 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mysterious X See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dansk Biograf Compagni See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Shot over the course of three months. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the film's release in Germany, all references to spies were eliminated, as any references to spies were expressly forbidden by the government censors. The spies in the film were turned, via the intertitles, into smugglers. See more »

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Featured in Ved den danske films vugge (1941) See more »

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Justice Prevails
5 October 2018 | by Screen_O_GenicSee all my reviews

A tale of injustice and redemption at the onset of the First World War. Fascinating glimpse into the distant past.


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