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A Daughter of the Gods (1916)

Passed | | Drama | 17 October 1916 (USA)
A sultan agrees to help an wicked witch destroy a mysterious young lady, if the witch will bring his young son back from the dead with magic.

Director:

Herbert Brenon

Writers:

Herbert Brenon (story), Herbert Brenon (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Annette Kellerman ... Anitia - Daughter of the Gods
William E. Shay ... Prince Omar (as William Shay)
Hal De Forest Hal De Forest ... The Sultan
Marcelle Hontabat Marcelle Hontabat ... Cleone
Violet Horner ... Zarrah
Jane Lee ... Little Prince Omar
Stuart Holmes ... Moorish Merchant
Katherine Lee ... Nydia
Ricca Allen ... Witch of Badness
Millie Liston Millie Liston ... Zarrah's Mother (as Milly Liston)
Henrietta Gilbert Henrietta Gilbert ... Fairy of Goodness
Walter James Walter James ... Chief Eunuch
Walter McCollough Walter McCollough ... Chief of the Sultan's Guard
Mark Price Mark Price ... Slave Dealer
Louise Rial Louise Rial ... Slave Dealer's Wife
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Storyline

A sultan agrees to help an wicked witch destroy a mysterious young lady, if the witch will bring his young son back from the dead with magic.

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WITH THE WORLD'S MOST PERFECT WOMAN (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

17 October 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gudarnas dotter See more »

Filming Locations:

Kingston, Jamaica

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Brenon served as writer of this original scenario/screenplay for the film. However, he more than likely saw and was influenced by David Belasco and John Luther Long's 1902 Broadway play The Darling of the Gods starring Blanche Bates, Robert T. Haines, and young George Arliss, which has a similar theme of reward for rescuing a child and a large ensemble cast. The play differs in that it is set in feudal Japan while the movie is backdropped in an undersea kingdom, not unlike Atlantis. Brenon makes aspects of the play cinematic (underwater sequences, Kellerman's nudity, etc.) in an obvious effort to avoid plagiarism of Belasco's play and hence a lawsuit. See more »

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Referenced in Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) See more »

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The Million Dollar Mermaid
26 April 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

A detailed synopsis of Herbert Brenon's lost spectacular can be easily found (presently) by searching "A Daughter of the Gods" and "Library of Congress". Before that, the film's program expressed its fantastical content, "The Prologue: The plaything of a little child escapes its earthly prison. And thereby hangs a tale of many years ago. Act One: The land of a Mighty Sultan, and a record of many strange happenings there. A Fairy Prince and Princess Meet. Act Two: Wherein we all become children again and fight for a beautiful Princess. The land of the Great Beyond. The Fairy Prince and Princess meet again, never to be parted."

"A Daughter of the Gods" was shot in Jamaica, and cost over a million dollars to make. It was the second successful collaboration for acclaimed director Herbert Brenon and aquatic superstar Annette Kellerman (herein, playing Princess Anitia). Although several reviewers reported it to be "stodgy" and too long (Brenon called it "three enchanting hours"), over several years (and reissues), it must have eventually recouped its cost. "Tasteful" nude scenes, exposing the conveniently long-haired Ms. Kellerman's naked form, must have helped cause the sensational box office.

****** A Daughter of the Gods (10/17/16) Herbert Brenon ~ Annette Kellerman, William E. Shay, Violet Horner


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