Mormonens Offer (1911)

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This Danish silent film, like the later British production Trapped By the Mormons (1922), was banned outright in the American state of Utah, the headquarters of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints, whose beliefs and way of life (especially the custom of polygamy), the films fairly demonized. In Mormonens Offer, or A Victim of the Mormons, a young Mormon clergyman attempts to seduce a young Danish girl into "the strange religion." She elopes with the priest but quickly regrets her decision, returning safely to hearth and home and into the waiting arms of a Protestant fiancee. Utah governor William Spry denounced the Danish filmmakers as "only exceeded in their perversion of the truth by their absurdity," but the film remained a worldwide success, mainly due to its popular star Valdemar Psilander.



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