The Reward of the Faithless

The Ruling Passion

Directed by: Rex Ingram, , USA, 1917

    Plakatmotiv The Reward of the Faithless, © Bluebird Photoplays Inc., Universal Film Manufacturing Company

    Stills and posters © Bluebird Photoplays Inc., Universal Film Manufacturing Company

    Cast and Credits

    Production Bluebird Photoplays Inc.
    Universal Film Manufacturing Company
    Distribution Universal Film Manufacturing Company
    Director Rex Ingram
    Scenario Rex Ingram
    Story E. Magnus Ingleton
    Director of Photography Ralph Perry
    Cast Claire du Brey [Pincess Dione]
    Wedgwood Nowell [Guido Campanelli]
    Betty Schade [Katerina Vlasoff]
    Nicholas Dunaew [Feodor Strogoff]
    Dick La Reno [Prince Paul Ragusin]
    William J. Dyer [Peter Vlasoff]
    Yvette Mitchell [Anna Vlasoff]
    J. Edwin Brown [Karl (as Jim Brown)]
    John George [Court Jester]
    Bill Rathbone [A cripple]
    Howard Crampton [(uncertain or unconfirmed)]
    Charles Cummings [(uncertain or unconfirmed)]
    Gypsy Hart [(uncertain or unconfirmed)]

    Technical specifications
    Category: Feature Film
    Technical Details: Format: 35 mm, 1:1,33 - Ratio: 1:1,33 - Black and White,, 5000 feet, 5 reels, 18 frames per second
    Sound System: silent
    First Screening: February 12, 1917 in USA
    US Copyright: January 20, 1917 - ©LP.10039
    Survival Status: Only Fragments of this picture exist [Archiv: BFI - National Film And Television Archive (London)]

    Synopsis in German
    Princess Dione, (Du Brey), is buried alive in a vault, but escapes and returns to "haunt" her would-be-murderer by driving him slowly off the edge of a sea-cliff.
    Only the first reel from this film remains intact which depicts an underworld inhabited by dwarfs, cripples, drunkards and degenerates (

    Remarks and general Information in German: Ursprünglich sollte Cleo Madison die Hauptrolle der Prinzessin Dione spielen, war aber dann nicht mit Rex Ingrams Konzept ihrer Rolle einverstanden. Claire Du Brey übernahm daraufhin den Part.

    Ein neunminütiges Fragment des Films aus dem ersten Akt (561 ft = 9 Minuten bei 18 fps) ist erhalten beim National Film and Television Archive. Es ist dies neben "The Chalice of Sorrow" das früheste erhalten geblieben Dokument von Ingrams Regiearbeit.

    The Reward of the Faithless is a motion picture produced in the year 1917 as a USA production. The Film was directed by Rex Ingram, with Claire du Brey, Wedgwood Nowell, Betty Schade, Nicholas Dunaew, Dick La Reno, in the leading parts. The movie had its first screening on February 12, 1917 in USA. There are no reviews of The Reward of the Faithless available.

    Bibliography - Exhibitor's Herald, February 24, 1917, pg 26 [Review]
    - Exhibitor's Trade Review, February 3, 1916, pg 633
    - Manitoba Free Press, Winnipeg, May 1910, 1917 [Review]
    - Motion Picture News, October 21, 1916, pg 2528
    - Motography, February 10, 1917, pg 325
    - Motography, August 25, 1917, pg 389.
    - Moving Picture News, February 17, 1917, pg 1092
    - Moving Picture World, August 11, 1917, pg 1042
    - Ben H. Grimm, in The Moving Picture World, Vol. 31, Nr. 6 (February 10, 1917), page 686
    - New York Dramatic Mirror, Februray 3, 1917, pg 28
    - Waterloo Evening Courier and Reporter, Waterloo, Iowa, June 30, 1917 [note]
    - Wid's Film Daily, Daily, February 1, 1917, pg 71
    - Variety, February 2, 1917 [review]
    - Liam O'Leary, Rex Ingram- Master of the Silent Cinema, The Academy Press, Dublin 1980, pg 46f
    - Anthony Slide, Selected Film Criticism 1912-1920, Scarecrow Press, Metuchen 1982, pg 222

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