UNDER THE CRESCENT
Universal 1914 / by Nell Shipman
In this riveting conflict between East and West, American actress Ola Humphrey, "The Purple Iris," who played herself in the 1915 Universal Pictures dramatization of her own true-life story, is charmed by visiting Egyptian prince Ibrahim Tousson (Edward Sloman) and becomes his wife. But when she finds herself then a prisoner in his harem, she determines to escape his cruelty with the help of soldier of fortune Stanly Clyde (William C. Dowlan). The violence escalates to an alarming level when with the help of Princess Zohra, mother of the Prince's unacknowledged child, she escapes from the palace and is pursued by the army -- after the Prince has proclaimed "Death to all Christians!" Originally filmed in six chapters, this wide-ranging and dramatic serial starts off like a romance novel but continues to build in suspense to perhaps the most violent conclusion of any chapter play, which remains shocking to this day. Exotic adventure.
223 pages, paperback, 6"x9," 64 original stills,
Full color glossy cover, black and white interior.
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