The Nature of the Beast (1919)

Genres - Action, Drama, Spy Film, Thriller, War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Produced and directed by one of the pioneers of the British cinema, Cecil M. Hepworth, The Nature of the Beast, a typical World War I melodrama, starred Hepworth's most important leading lady, Alma Taylor. A former child actress, Miss Taylor grew into one of England's very few genuine movie stars, second only, perhaps, to the legendary Betty Balfour. This time around, Alma played a Belgian war refugee who marries a rich manufacturer (the burly Gerald Ames, only to be blackmailed by the nefarious German spy (James Carew), who once molested her. Like most of Hepworth's films, The Nature of the Beast was produced in picturesque Oakland Park Estate at Weybridge, England.

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war, agent [representative], blackmail, Britain, Germany, military, rape, refugee