Vintage original 11 x 14 in. US lobby card from the teens WWI-themed silent film war drama, MY FOUR YEARS IN GERMANY, released in 1918 by Warner Bros./First National Exhibitor's Circuit and directed by William Nigh.
Based upon the book by US Ambassador James W. Gerard, the experiences of the American ambassador to Germany, James W. Gerard, are recounted in this semi-documentary. The image features a dramatic scene as Kaiser Wilhelm II (Louis Dean) tells the US Ambassador to Germany, James W. Gerard (Halbert Brown), that "I won't stand for any nonsense from America after the war." It is unrestored in fine condition.
*"My Four Years in Germany is a 1918 American silent war drama film that is notable as being the first film produced by the four Warner Brothers, Harry, Sam, Albert, and Jack, though the title card clearly reads "My Four Years In Germany Inc. Presents ...". It was directed by seasoned William Nigh, later a director at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and was based on the experiences of real life U. S. Ambassador to Germany James W. Gerard as described in his book. The film was produced while World War I was still raging and is sometimes considered a propaganda film.
Like many American films of the time, My Four Years in Germany was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors required cuts, in Reel 7, of the intertitle "Do you know where will be quarted tonight?", two scenes of officer entering cabin into which young woman runs and his exit, scene of young woman lying in bed with clothing disarranged after her criminal assault, scene of dead woman on ground, Reel 8, the intertitle "The first night we were quartered with the soldiers", and, Reel 10, scene of man drawing sword out of other man's body. The Chicago board's cuts totaled twenty feet of film."
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