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In the Spanish Mountains, the Black Wolf, a bandit, reigns at the head of his band, known as "The Charcoal Burners." Although a robber, the Black Wolf is a benefactor at heart, as is shown ... See full summary »


Frank Reicher


Jean Barrymore (story), Margaret Turnbull (scenario)




Credited cast:
Lou Tellegen ... The Black Wolf
Nell Shipman ... Dona Isabel
Henry Hebert ... Don Phillip (as H.J. Herbert)
James Neill ... Count Ramirez
Paul Weigel Paul Weigel ... Old Luis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juan Aristi Eulate Juan Aristi Eulate


In the Spanish Mountains, the Black Wolf, a bandit, reigns at the head of his band, known as "The Charcoal Burners." Although a robber, the Black Wolf is a benefactor at heart, as is shown in his many charitable acts towards the poor and helpless. The Duke rides with the Chancellor to meet the Countess Dona Isabel, the Chancellor's daughter, and on their return trip they come upon the Black Wolf assisting a friend to escape the police. Outnumbered, the Duke's men withdraw, but a price is then placed upon the bandit's capture, "dead or alive." Declaring his love to the Countess, the Duke takes Dona Isabel in his arms, but freeing herself, she starts to run through the forest, the Duke in pursuit. He stumbles and is found by a member of the Black Wolf's band, who takes a ring from him. Isabel meets the Black Wolf, who takes her to the castle, promising to return the following night. He does call, but is discovered by the Duke, who lays his plans to capture him on his next visit. The ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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12 February 1917 (USA) See more »

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Den sorte Djævel See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Lou Tellegen as a Spanish Robin Hood
21 May 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Tall, dark and handsome Lou Tellegen plays "The Black Wolf" as a Spanish "Robin Hood"-type outlaw who steals from the rich to give to the poor. He falls in love with beautiful and wealthy Nell Shipman (as Dona Isabel), but she is promised to noble and nasty H.J. Herbert (as Don Phillip). Mr. Tellegen must discover his true identity, rescue Ms. Shipman, and hopefully live happily ever after. "The Black Wolf" is no longer available for viewing as a motion picture. The storyline is fairly typical. Still photographs show Tellegen looks dashing in sideburns and various costumes from the film.

In "Photoplay" (May 1917), "The Black Wolf" reminded writer Julian Johnson of the Broadway play "Maria Rosa" (1914), which was Tellegen's introduction as an English-speaking actor, "and in which he completely overwhelmed the reputed star," presumably Dorothy Donnelly. "In this photoplay," Mr. Johnson continued, "Tellegen has another dare-devil Latin bandit of the Spanish mountains. Nell Shipman, one of the few women who are tall enough to participate in the emotional wrestles of this long love-maker, genuinely distinguishes herself. The play is interesting but not notable."

**** The Black Wolf (2/12/17) Frank Reicher ~ Lou Tellegen, Nell Shipman, Henry Hebert, James Neill

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