The Kaiser's Shadow (1918)

Genres - Action, Spy Film, War  |   Sub-Genres - Propaganda Film, War Adventure  |  
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Although WWI was clearly winding down in the Summer of 1918, the same could not be said of the cycle of anti-German films coming out of Hollywood. In Thomas H. Ince's The Kaiser's Shadow, an inventor named Boyd (Edward Cecil) develops a super-weapon on behalf of the Allies. The plans for the invention are stolen by German spy William Kremlin (Charles K. French), and for awhile things look pretty bleak for the Good Guys. But Kremlin has reckoned without the valiant Secret Service team of Paula Harris (Dorothy Dalton) and Hugo Wagner (Thurston Hall), who manage to infiltrate the very palace of the Kaiser in order to make the world Safe For Democracy. The Kaiser's Shadow was based on a blood-and-thunder magazine serial co-written by Roy Octavus Cohen, better known for his outrageously stereotypical stories of African American life in the South.

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war, Germany, plans, propaganda, secrets, Secret-Service, service, successor, weapons