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Stronger Than Death (1920)

Sigrid, A French dancer, diagnosed with a weak heart, is ordered by her doctor never to dance again. But when her dancing skills are needed by her lover's father to help quell a native ... See full summary »


Charles Bryant (scenario), I.A.R. Wylie (novel)


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Credited cast:
Alla Nazimova ... Sigrid Fersen
Charles Bryant ... Maj. Tristan Boucicault
Charles K. French ... Col. Boucicault
Margaret McWade ... Mrs. Boucicault
Herbert Prior ... James Barclay
William Orlamond ... Rev. Mr. Meredith
Milla Davenport Milla Davenport ... Mrs. Smithers
Bhogwan Singh ... Ayeshi
Henry Harmon Henry Harmon ... Vahana
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Sigrid, A French dancer, diagnosed with a weak heart, is ordered by her doctor never to dance again. But when her dancing skills are needed by her lover's father to help quell a native uprising on the East Indian frontier, she determines to dance whatever the cost. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

11 January 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hermit Doctor of Baya See more »

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Nazimova Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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This film was preserved by the George Eastman House and restored with a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation in 2011. In September of that year, it was screened at Cinecon 47 at Grauman's Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles, California. See more »

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Interesting Historical Film
2 September 2011 | by Scrooge-3See all my reviews

I saw this film at Cinecon 47 with a live piano accompaniment. It depicted a period of the British occupation of India that looked fairly accurate. The half-Indian/half-British character was treated with scorn by both the Indians and the British, despite him being the wealthiest person in the region. Unfortunately, it was clear that the actor was simply a white man with dark make-up. The plot was full of melodrama: the governing British colonel was depicted as an alcoholic wife beater, his son was a selfless Army doctor trying to save a village from cholera, the washed-up actress/dancer fell in love, all while the half-breed was inciting the locals to riot. Nevertheless, I found it to be slow and not terribly interesting. The actors emoted and the sets looked like they were recycled back lots. The film restoration did look good.

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