Under Two Flags (1916 film)

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Under Two Flags
Under Two Flags Bara.jpg
Still with Theda Bara
Directed byJ. Gordon Edwards
Produced byJ. Gordon Edwards
Written byGeorge Edwardes-Hall
Arthur Shirley (play)
Based onUnder Two Flags
by Ouida
StarringTheda Bara
Herbert Heyes
CinematographyPhil Rosen
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • July 30, 1916 (1916-07-30)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Under Two Flags is a 1916 American silent drama film directed by J. Gordon Edwards and starring Theda Bara. It was the second adaptation of the best selling 1867 novel Under Two Flags by Ouida and the subsequent stage play version by Arthur Shirley. The film is now considered to be lost.[1]

The film was re-released by Fox Film Corporation in January 1919.[1] The novel/play was adapted to the screen for a third time in 1922 as Under Two Flags by The Universal Film Manufacturing Company and a fourth time in 1936 again as Under Two Flags by 20th Century Fox.[2]


As described in a film magazine,[3] British nobleman Bertie Cecil (Heyes) takes upon himself the blame for his brother's forgeries and, when supposed dead, enlists in the French Foreign Legion, serving in Algiers. There he wins the friendship of Emir, a native whose wife he had saved from the lust of his commanding officer. Old friends visit Algiers and recognize Bertie, and urge him to return and claim his own. His refusal leads to a scene where he strikes his commanding officer, and for this he is condemned to death. Cigarette, the "daughter of the regiment," rides to obtain a pardon for Bertie and makes a terrific trip through a sand storm. She arrives too late with the reprieve, but just in time to receive in her own body the bullets intended for Bertie.


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  1. ^ a b "Progressive Silent Film List: Under Two Flags". silentera. Retrieved June 29, 2008.
  2. ^ Tepa Lupack, Barbara, ed. (1999). Nineteenth-century Women at the Movies: Adapting Classic Women's Fiction to Film. Popular Press. p. 275. ISBN 0-879-72805-1.
  3. ^ "Advertising Aids for Busy Managers: Under Two Flags". Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Company. 39 (4): 542. January 25, 1919. Retrieved July 16, 2014.

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