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Vintage original 6.75 x 9.75 in. US herald from the teens WWI-themed silent film war drama, THE GREAT VICTORY, WILSON OR THE KAISER? THE FALL OF THE HOHENZOLLERNS, released in 1919 by Metro Pictures Corporation and directed by Charles Miller.
The front side features a close shot of US President Woodrow Wilson crushing a miniature version of the Kaiser, which is contrasted by a tranquil scene of a family at home. The other side depicts 5 scenes from the film (one of which mentions the sinking of the Lusitania). Including a date stamp of MAR 31 1919 on the bottom of the front, it includes handwriting on the top which indicates that this herald was obtained at the Riverside Theatre and the cost of admission was $0.25 plus the current "war tax." It is in fine+ condition with one horizontal and vertical fold.

*"The Great Victory, Wilson or the Kaiser? The Fall of the Hohenzollerns is a 1919 American silent war drama film directed by Charles Miller and starring Creighton Hale, Florence Billings and Helen Ferguson. It was made as anti-German propaganda during World War I, although it was released after the end of the conflict."
*(source: Wikipedia)


*"This film was also listed in ads, release charts and reviews under the titles Wilson or the Kaiser and The Fall of the Hohenzollerns. The film was copyrighted first under the title The Great Victory, Wilson or the Kaiser? The Fall of the Hohenzollerns on Dec. 20, 1918, and later, on Dec. 31, 1918, under the title, Why Germany Must Pay, a title under which the film was reviewed a few weeks later. It is unclear whether the film was actually exhibited under both titles, and if the two versions had any differences between them. Sources conflict concerning the film's length, which is listed variously as five, six and seven reels. The actor listed as Capt. Van Bausen may in fact have been the actor Henry Van Bousen. An earlier Screen Classics, Inc. production, released by Metro Pictures Corp. on June 30, 1918, entitled To Hell with the Kaiser, included some of the same actors as in The Great Victory, playing the same historical characters. It is possible that some scenes from the earlier release were incorporated into The Great Victory. British nurse Edith Cavell was executed on Oct. 12 1915 by a German firing squad for aiding Allied soldiers trying to cross enemy lines into Dutch territory.

In a prologue, Wilhelm II is born into opulence to continue the Hohenzollern dynasty of his father Frederick III, while Woodrow Wilson is born into the modest manse of his father, a Presbyterian reverend who tells his wife that the boy must be brought up "in the fear of the Lord." Conrad Le Brett from Alsace-Lorraine is forced to fight for Germany because his land has been conquered. Conrad, seeing other soldiers take girls into a church to rape them, kills one who murders a baby, and is then shot and taken to a Brussels hospital run by famous nurse Edith Cavell. He and his American nurse, Amy Gordon, fall in love. After Cavell helps Amy escape the pursuance of General von Bissing, the German governor, von Bissing has Lieutenant Ober execute Cavell. Learning of the Kaiser's order that all unmarried women be given to soldiers so they can bear sons for the army, Ober returns to Alsace-Lorraine, where he earlier insulted Conrad's sister Vilma. Ober kills Conrad's grandfather and rapes Vilma. Conrad honors her dying request that he go to America and defend Alsace-Lorraine's reputation. He marries Amy and convinces President Woodrow Wilson that Alsatians should be allowed to enlist. Fighting with the "doughboys," Conrad kills Ober, and after the armistice, returns to Amy."
*(source: AFI Catalog of Feature Films)




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