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Daughter of Destiny
Alternate Title: The Greater Way
Director: George Irving (Dir)
Release Date:   23 Dec 1917
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Madame Olga Petrova (Marion Ashley)  
    Thomas Holding (The Crown Prince)  
    Anders Randolf (Franz Jorn)  
    Robert Broderick (Ambassador Ashley)  
    Henri Leone (Police Agent Morhange)  
    Richard Garrick (Graham West)  
    Carl Dietz (Secret Service man)  
    Anita Allen (The maid)  
    Beatrix Sherman (Art student)  

Summary: In Paris, before America's entrance into World War I, Marion Ashley discovers that her husband, Franz Jorn, is a German spy and she leaves him to live with her father, the American ambassador to the neutral kingdom of Belmark. Later, Marion, having heard that her husband was killed in Paris, happily accepts the marriage proposal of the Crown Prince of Belmark, although their marriage is kept a secret. The German chancellor proposes a marriage between the prince and a German princess but the prince refuses, even after the chancellor produces Jorn, who had escaped Paris and fled to Germany. Word comes that the United States has entered the war and a bomb explodes in the palace, injuring Marion and killing Jorn. Belmark sides with the Allies, and Marion and the prince renew their vows. 

Production Company: Petrova Picture Co.  
Distribution Company: First National Exhibitors' Circuit, Inc.  
Director: George Irving (Dir)
Writer: Olga Petrova (Story)
Photography: Harry B. Harris (Cam)
Costumes: Maison Bernard (Gowns by)
Production Misc: Bobby North (Studio mgr)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Petrova Picture Co. 22/2/1918 dd/mm/yyyy LP12096

Physical Properties: b&w:

Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: World War I
Subjects (Major): Germans
  Missing persons, Assumed dead
  Mythical lands
  World War I
Subjects (Minor): Ambassadors
  Paris (France)
  Separation (Marital)

Note: The film was also known as The Greater Way . It was the first film of the Petrova Picture Co. and was shot at the Biograph Studio, which the Petrova Co. rented. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   12 Jan 18   p. 521.
MPN   12 Jan 18   p. 291.
MPW   22 Dec 17   pp. 1845-46.
MPW   23 Mar 18   p. 1703.
MPW   19 Jan 18   p. 378.
NYDM   5 Jan 18   p. 20.
Variety   4 Jan 18   p. 43.
Wid's   27 Dec 17   p. 824.

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