Powers That Prey

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Powers That Prey
Directed by Henry King
Written by Will M. Ritchey
Based on Extra! Extra! 
by Will M. Ritchey
Starring Mary Miles Minter
Cinematography John F. Seitz
Distributed by Mutual Film
Release date(s)
  • March 4, 1918 (1918-03-04) (United States)
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

Powers That Prey is a 1918 silent comedy-drama film directed by Henry King. The film is based on the story Extra! Extra! by Will M. Ritchey.[1]

Though critics were negative about the film, director King reported he enjoyed working with actress Mary Miles Minter.[2]


Burton Grant exposes politician Jarvis McVey as a crook in a newspaper and is run out of town. He asks his daughter Sylvia to turn his job over to editor Frank Summers. Sylvia inherited her father's talents and decides to fire Frank and take over the newspaper herself. Meanwhile, Frank finds out McVey is involved in a scheme concerning the city franchise. When Sylvia is informed, she publishes the news. Soon, the towns people are after her and her father comes back to protect her against the outraged townsfolk, while Frank concerns about proving her reliability.[3]



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