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In the Harem of Haschem (1913)

Maisara, a collector of revenue for Haschem, the caliph, wrongs a widow. She appeals to the caliph, and he orders that Maisara shall repay her a hundredfold and lose his place. Vowing ... See full summary »

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... Haschem - the Caliph
... Amina - Maisara's Daughter
... The Wronged Widow
... Maisara - the Arab
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Maisara, a collector of revenue for Haschem, the caliph, wrongs a widow. She appeals to the caliph, and he orders that Maisara shall repay her a hundredfold and lose his place. Vowing vengeance, Maisara seeks his kinsmen, the tribal spirit being an Arabian characteristic. They counsel with him. and decide that Maisara shall send his daughter, Amina, to the caliph as a peace offering, but in reality that she may assassinate him. She falls in love with Haschem and fails to redeem her promise. Maisara warns her that unless she carries out the undertaking he will do so himself. She throws the dagger from her and this is taken to Maisara by Zied, his cousin. Under pretense of seeing Amina, Maisara gains entrance to the harem, where Haschem is not closely guarded, and where the blow can be struck before help can be summoned. Amina is horror-stricken at his appearance. Her distress is secretly observed by Haschem, who is on guard against the treachery, and takes the dagger from Maisara. On ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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28 April 1913 (USA)  »

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At one or two critical moments lacked the right kind of acting
1 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

A dramatic story with a good deal of substantial merit. It deals with Oriental people, as its name implies, and has a first-class setting in the Moorish architecture of a great hostelry in Florida, and in the semi-tropical garden scenes about it. John Ince's swarthy Arab Maisara stands out from the other characters, although nearly all of them are finely acted and natural; he is perfect. Edwin Carew plays Haschem, the caliph whose justice incenses the wild Arab Maisara who, to be avenged, gives to him his daughter, Ormi Hawley, so that she can murder him. There are many fine scenes; but weak places are noticeable and at one or two critical moments lacked the right kind of acting. The photography is fair. George Nicholls produced it from the script of E.W, Sargent. - The Moving Picture World, May 10, 1913


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