The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin (1918)

A propagandistic view of the First World War, showing the political greed of the German Kaiser Wilhelm, the resistance of some of his own soldiers, and fanciful prediction of the nature of ... See full summary »


Rupert Julian


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Julian ... The Kaiser
Elmo Lincoln ... Marcas, the Blacksmith
Nigel De Brulier ... Capt. von Neigle
Lon Chaney ... Bethmann-Hollweg
Harry von Meter ... Capt. von Hancke
Harry Carter ... Gen. von Kluck
Joseph W. Girard ... Ambassador Gerard
Harry Holden Harry Holden ... Gen. Joffre
Ruth Clifford ... Gabrielle
Gretchen Lederer ... Bertha von Neigle
Betty Carpenter ... Bride
Ruby Lafayette Ruby Lafayette ... Grandmother Marcas
Zoe Rae ... Gretel
Mark Fenton Mark Fenton ... Adm. von Tirpitz
Jay Smith Jay Smith ... Marshal von Hindenburg


A propagandistic view of the First World War, showing the political greed of the German Kaiser Wilhelm, the resistance of some of his own soldiers, and fanciful prediction of the nature of the war's end. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Ruper Julian's sensational Expose of the Kaisers intimate life - -


Drama | History | War





Release Date:

9 March 1918 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beast of Berlin See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although frequently listed as a Universal production, this movie was an independent production produced by Rupert Julian for Renowned Pictures. Julian licensed the distribution rights to Renowned, who in turn sold the rights to Universal Jewel for world-wide distribution. Julian was such a convincing Kaiser that he was asked to reprise the role in many subsequent films. The film was a blockbuster when it was released, and Universal spared no expense in advertising their megahit. Carl Laemmle pushed the film to the theater owners as hard as he sold it to the viewing public. "A whirlwind of Applause - A Landslide of Money," "Unparalleled Receipts," and "The Picture That Blocked Traffic on Broadway" were some of the headlines for ads run in trade publications in an attempt to get theater owners to book the picture. Sadly, prints of the film no longer survive, and this title is on the American Film Institute's list of the "Ten Most Wanted" lost films. The film was also known as THE KAISER. In 1919, a short parody of the film was released titled THE GEEZER OF BERLIN. See more »


A picture used in this film's entry at silentera.com shows Mr. Julien with his hands on his hips, revealing that his arms are about the same length. In fact, Wilhelm's left arm was shorter than his right and had been crippled due to a botched delivery; he could barely move it at all. See more »


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