If (1916)

Genres - Crime, Drama, Mystery, War  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film, War Drama  |   Countries - UK  |  
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In no way related to Lindsay Anderson's anarchistic 1968 film of the same name, the British silent If concerns a lady thief (Iris Delaney) known only as Madame X. She is given a chance to redeem herself when German count Judd Green attempts to squash the British war effort. With the help of detective Ernest Leicester, Madame X offers her stealing talents in the service of His Majesty. The finale involves a phony airship attack, conveyed through the use of occasionally convincing scale models. Though no screen-writing credits are available, If appears to have been adapted from a magazine short story.

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war, aristocracy, Britain, city, deception, detective, espionage, Germany, lady, nobility, robbery, secrets, weapons