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A Daughter of the Gods (1916)

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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... Anitia (daughter of the gods)
... Prince Omar (as William Shay)
Hal De Forest ... The Sultan
Marcelle Hontabat ... Cleone
... Zarrah
... Little Prince Omar
... Moorish Merchant
... Nydia
... Witch of Badness
Millie Liston ... Zarrah's Mother (as Milly Liston)
Henrietta Gilbert ... Fairy of Goodness
Walter James ... Chief Eunuch
Walter McCollough ... Chief of the Sultan's Guard
Mark Price ... Slave Dealer
Louise Rial ... His Wife
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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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17 October 1916 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Studio head William Fox was incensed at the cost and removed Brenon's name from the film. Brenon sued over this, and won. 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 See 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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