Embittered for many years by the drowning of his little son Omar, the Sultan promises to aid the Witch of Evil in her effort to destroy a mysterious beauty named Anitia if the witch will restore the young prince to life. Nearby, the Arab Sheik plots to seize the Sultan's lands by placing his beautiful but treacherous daughter Zarrah in the palace harem. Prince Omar appears by the seashore as Anitia, abducted from the Sheik by a band of thieves, is taken to the Sultan's harem. Anitia's dancing so arouses the Sultan that Zarrah jealously locks her in a tower, but she escapes by diving into the sea. Finally captured by guards, Anitia is about to be executed when Prince Omar comes to her rescue. Next, Anitia is thrown into the sea, but she reaches safety in Gnomeland, where she learns that Zarrah has killed the Sultan and instigated a revolt against Omar. Anitia leads the gnomes to Omar's defense, but he accidentally slays her. When he rejects Zarrah's advances, she stabs him to death, ...Written by
COST OVER $1000,000.00 PERSONS APPEARING, 21,281 GNOME CHILDREN, 11,200 MERMAIDS, 200 FEET OF FILM, 10,000 MOORISH CITY COST $350,000 (Print Ad- Bend Bulletin, ((Bend, Ore.)) 22 December 1917) See more »
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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