The Prussian Cur
|The Prussian Cur|
|Directed by||Raoul Walsh|
|Produced by||William Fox|
|Written by||Raoul Walsh|
|Cinematography||Roy F. Overbaugh|
|7 reels (approximately 70 minutes)|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
The film's director Raoul Walsh called it his "rottenest picture ever" for its anti-German sentiment, while its star Miriam Cooper (Walsh's wife) also held it to be the worst film in which she had ever appeared.
As luridly described in a film magazine, the Kaiser has plans to conquer the world while all of the other nations are engaged in peaceful pursuits. The Germans enter France and their U-boats work like sharks in the sea, and after many insults the RMS Lusitania is sunk, causing the United States to enter the war. Before Bernstorff (McEwen) leaves the country, he establishes a spy system headed by Otto Goltz (von der Goltz). Under his orders, German agents burn factories, wreck trains, stir up labor troubles, and interfere with American war work. Goltz marries a young American woman and brutally drives her to her death. Her sister finds her in a dying condition and takes her home to die. A young brother goes after Goltz, who is running a nest of spies where bombs are being made. Dick Gregory (Mason), an American soldier, sees Goltz on the street dressed in an officer's uniform on a day when a confidential order was given out that no officer was to wear one. Dick follows him and finds the nest of spies. Under his command the regiment wipes out the nest and Goltz while trying to escape is overtaken by the brother of the young dead woman and is killed. Meanwhile, American forces are pouring into France so fast that the Kaiser sees his dream crumbling and dies like a rat.
- Miriam Cooper as Rosie O'Grady
- Sidney Mason as Dick Gregory
- Captain Horst von der Goltz as Otto Goltz
- Leonora Stewart as Lillian O'Grady
- James Marcus as Patrick O'Grady
- Pat O'Malley as Jimmie O'Grady
- Walter McEwen as Count Johann von Bernstorff
- William W. Black as Wolff von Eidel
- Ralph C. Faulkner as Woodrow Wilson
- Walter M. Lawrence as Wilhelm II
- Charles Reynolds as Wilhelm I
- William Harrison as Crown Prince Frederick
- James Hathaway as Field Marshal von Hindenburg
- P.C. Hartigan as Admiral von Tirpitz
- John E. Franklin as James W. Gerard
- John W. Harbon as U.S. Congressman
Like many American films of the time, The Prussian Cur was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors required cuts, in Reel 1, of the intertitle "Kill the men and save the women for yourselves" and, Reel 8, of a German soldier taking off his coat in a bedroom.
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- Kozsarski, Richard (2004), Fort Lee: The Film Town, Rome, Italy: John Libbey Publishing -CIC srl, ISBN 0-86196-653-8
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- Fort Lee Film Commission (2006), Fort Lee Birthplace of the Motion Picture Industry, Arcadia Publishing, ISBN 0-7385-4501-5
- "Reviews: The Prussian Cur". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 7 (11): 50. September 7, 1918.
- "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 7 (15): 46. October 5, 1918.
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