Under Two Flags (1916 film)

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Under Two Flags
Under Two Flags Bara.jpg
Still with Theda Bara
Directed by J. Gordon Edwards
Produced by J. Gordon Edwards
Written by George Edwardes-Hall
Arthur Shirley
Based on Under Two Flags
by Ouida
Starring Theda Bara
Herbert Heyes
Cinematography Phil Rosen
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release date
  • July 30, 1916 (1916-07-30)
Running time
60 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Under Two Flags was 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. The film is now considered to be lost.[1]

The film was re-released by Fox Film Corporation in January 1919.[1] The novel 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. Jan 25, 1919. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 

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