Common Property (1919)

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After the overthrow of the Russian government in 1917, many distorted reports about the new Bolshevist regime filtered into the U.S. One involved an apparent edict claiming that all Soviet women between the ages of 17 and 35 were property of the state, to be used by the citizens however they pleased. In 1919, this subject was made into a Norma Talmadge film called The New Moon; later in the year, this picture dramatized the same edict. Paval Pavlovitch (Robert Andersen) is married to an American woman, Anna (Nell Craig). He is not happy when it is decreed that Anna and their daughter Tatyone (Colleen Moore) must register as state property. Anyone can sign a certificate to have his way with any Russian chattel, and one of Pavlovitch's old servants wants Anna, while the son of the town priest signs up for Tatyone. This catastrophe is brought to a halt when the good guys, i.e., the American Cavalry, comes charging up the street. After a fierce battle, the edict is pulled and all is well with the Pavlovitch family. As if this story wasn't ridiculous enough, the picture itself was second-rate at best.