The Image Maker (1917)

In ancient Egypt the young Prince of Tsa, bored by endless feasts, yearned for adventures, and clothed in a Nile boatman's garb, started out. He meets and is captivated by the charms of ... See full summary »


Eugene Moore


Emmett Mixx (scenario)




Cast overview:
Valda Valkyrien ... Ashubetis / Marian Bell (as Valkyrien)
Harris Gordon ... Prince Tsa / John Arden
Inda Palmer Inda Palmer ... Mrs. Bell
Morgan Jones Morgan Jones ... The Pharaoh
Arthur Bauer Arthur Bauer ... Maxon
Boyd Marshall


In ancient Egypt the young Prince of Tsa, bored by endless feasts, yearned for adventures, and clothed in a Nile boatman's garb, started out. He meets and is captivated by the charms of Ashubetis, a beautiful image maker, but his father, Pharaoh, planning a royal marriage, is enraged and orders death for the maiden and imprisonment for his son. Braving parental wrath, the prince escapes, and tries to save his loved one. He fails and is taken home mortally wounded. Ashubetis succeeds in seeing the prince in his dying moments and swears eternal faithfulness. On leaving she is discovered and thrown to the crocodiles. In Florida of 1916 a young couple meet, love each other, and part. Light is thrown on their strange love when they find a book telling of the Royal Romance of Egypt, and they see in themselves the re-embodied spirits of the ancient pair. On the anniversary of the prince's death five thousand years before, the Florida couple meet again at the prince's tomb. The strange ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The picture follows the usual photoplay construction
17 November 2014 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

There is more than ordinary ingenuity displayed by Emmett Mixx, the author of "The Image Maker," in weaving the two periods together which are used in the five-reel Gold Rooster play, of which Valkyrien is the central figure, The story is one of reincarnation; a prince of the House of Pharaoh and a lowly slave, who were lovers in the distant past, are reunited in the prosaic present, at the side of the tomb in which the Prince of Tsa was buried. The picture follows the usual photoplay construction, alternating the two periods of time at brief intervals. This is deftly done, however, and the incidents are numerous and of a gratifying variety. Such a theme demands all the liberty granted to every well regulated romance, and the broad sweeps of color supplied by the followers of the ruler of the Nile and the Arabs of today, in the ancient and modern Egyptian scenes, are in keeping with the character of the story. The locations have been selected with care. New York, Florida, Cairo and the sands of Egypt are all made the scenes of the action, and the director has maintained an excellent quality of illusion. Valkyrien, in "The Image Maker," does the best acting of her moving picture career, and is ably supported by Harris Gordon, Arthur Hauer, Inda Balmer and Morgan Jones. – The Moving Picture World, January 27, 1917

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Release Date:

21 January 1917 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Jacksonville, Florida, USA

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