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Joan the Woman (1916)

A WWI English officer is inspired the night before a dangerous mission by a vision of Joan of Arc, whose story he relives.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Jeanie Macpherson (scenario), William C. de Mille
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine Farrar ... Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc)
Raymond Hatton ... Charles VII
Hobart Bosworth ... Gen. La Hire
Theodore Roberts ... Cauchon
Wallace Reid ... Eric Trent 1431 / Eric Trent 1917
Charles Clary ... La Tremouille
James Neill ... Laxart
Tully Marshall ... L'Oiseleur
Lawrence Peyton Lawrence Peyton ... Gaspard
Horace B. Carpenter ... Jacques d'Arc
Cleo Ridgely ... The king's favorite
Lillian Leighton ... Isambeau
Marjorie Daw ... Katherine
Ernest Joy ... Robert de Beaudricourt
John Oaker John Oaker ... Jean de Metz
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Storyline

John Trent, a World War I British officer, finds an ancient sword in his trench bunker just prior to volunteering for what will amount to a suicide mission the next day. That night he is visited by the spirit of Joan of Arc and is transported back to the 15th Century. Joan's career begins when, as a peasant girl, she meets Trent's ancestor, also an English soldier, fighting for the Burgundians. After Trent is captured, Joan is brought to the attention of the beleaguered Dauphin, heir to the French throne, who cannot be crowned because the English hold the royal city of Orleans. The weak Dauphin is impressed by her vision and apparently heaven-sent powers which border on the supernatural and ultimately gives her command of the armies. She is victorious at Orleans and the new King is crowned. Joan resists Trent's entreaties of love and continues her struggle to free the rest of her country from English occupation. Sinister forces, both English and French, conspire against her and she is... Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Based on the life of the immortal Joan of Arc See more »


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Trivia

When the film began its road-show run in major cities it was 12 reels long, but, over director Cecil B. DeMille's objections, was quickly shortened to 10 reels. See more »

Goofs

When Trent discovers the sword, he holds the hilt in his right hand. In the insert close-up the hilt is in his left hand. In the cutback, it has returned to the right. (In fact, the insert shot has been spliced in upside-down.) See more »

Quotes

Eric Trent: God forgive us, we have burned a saint!
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Referenced in Ann Vickers (1933) See more »

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Splendid war propaganda
4 February 2000 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This is a curio - the story of Joan of Arc leading on from a view of the English trenches in World War One (which was still of course, a reality when this film was made). Geraldine Farrar might not look the part of Joan but she manages to convey all the power, spirituality and vulnerability the part demands. her acting is a little theatrical as you would expect from an opera diva but she is excellent nontheless. Wallace Reid (a tragic casualty of Hollywood not that long after this) is pretty good as well, although I thought the love story angle stretched credibility a bit in places. The film itself meanders a bit but when you consider it is over eighty years old it still retains a remarkable amount of effect. Not as good as the 1928 Dreyer film but one to seek out.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

25 December 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jeanne d'Arc See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$302,976 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2003)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Color (Handschiegel Color)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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