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On Dangerous Ground (1917)

Bradford Stewart, a young American surgeon studying in Germany, is dining in Cologne with a German friend, Ritter Bloem, a philosopher and a patriotic German. The latter is called away by ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Carlyle Blackwell ... Bradford Stewart
Gail Kane ... Little Comrade
William Bailey ... Ritter Bloem (as William Baily)
Stanhope Wheatcroft Stanhope Wheatcroft ... Hugo Grossman
Frank Leigh Frank Leigh ... Monsieur Trapadoux
Florence Ashbrooke Florence Ashbrooke ... Frau Bertha Schanne
John Burkell John Burkell ... Hans
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Bradford Stewart, a young American surgeon studying in Germany, is dining in Cologne with a German friend, Ritter Bloem, a philosopher and a patriotic German. The latter is called away by German officers, and on his return announces to Stewart that war has been declared. After Bloem's departure, Trapadoux, chief of the French Secret Service maintained in Germany, who has been listening to their conversation, accosts Stewart, claiming to be one of the German police agents, inspects his passport, and learns to which hotel he will go in Aachen, which is his next destination. Frau Schanne, the proprietress of the Holmer Hof, secretly maintains French sympathies, but her servant, Hans, is a German spy. In Stewart's absence from his room, Trapadoux brings Frau Schanne a package, the contents of which he instructs her to place in Stewart's baggage to avert police suspicion during their later moves. Upon his return to his room Stewart finds in his luggage a lady's slippers, silk hose and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

8 January 1917 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

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Peerless Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A limited edition DVD of this film was produced by Edward Lorusso in 2018. Lorusso also composed and performed the original score. See more »

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Ritter Bloem: There goes one battalion - one unit composed of a thousand lesser units - each unit a man with a soul; with hopes and ambitions; with women to love him - marching to death without in the least knowing why.
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Carlyle Blackwell and Gail Kane
25 January 2018 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Both Carlyle Blackwell and Gail Kane were big stars when they made this American propaganda film in 1917 at the height of America's involvement in World War I. Yes, it portrays the Germans as evil Huns, but there is some restraint in this depiction because of a major plot element.

Set at the beginning of the war and before America was involved, Blackwell plays a neutral American in Germany who watches his pal get drafted by the German war machine. As he prepares to leave Germany, he surprisingly finds a suitcase full of women's clothes in his hotel room. This discovery is soon followed by the woman herself (Gail Kane) who is a spy trying to get a vial of secret papers to the French authorities. She persuades Blackwell to pose as her husband and help her escape Germany.

As they face cross country, avoiding the enemy, they fall in love. When their luck finally runs out, can anything save them and the secret papers?

Blackwell, a matinee idol of the teens, was often teamed with leading ladies like Alice Joyce and Evelyn Greeley. By 1917 he was established in feature films, working with Gail Kane, Doris Kenyon, and Marion Davies in his final American film. Kane was just about at the height of her stardom when she made this film. Her career would suffer from a lawsuit against Mutual Film.

Stanhope Wheatcroft co-stars as Hugo, William Bailey is Ritter, and Frank Leigh is Trapadoux.


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