Caillaux Case (1918)

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This picture is based on the famous case of World War I treason involving Premier Joseph Caillaux of France (and released, actually, before the final ruling on his conviction). The story follows the ambitious Henriette (Madlaine Traverse) as she works her way up from first husband Leo Claretie, a mere writer for Le Figaro (Philip Van Loan) to second spouse Joseph Caillaux (Henry Warwick). When the war comes, Bolo Pasha (George Majeroni) approaches Caillaux with a huge sum of money if he can bring an agreement between Germany and France. When Gaston Calmette, editor of Le Figaro (Eugene Ormonde) hears of the plot, Henriette kills him. She is set free because of her husband's influence, but then the United States catches wind of the treacherous plot. The French authorities are informed and Pasha is shot for treason, while Caillaux is sent to prison and Henriette tossed out of Paris.