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The Claw
Director: Sidney Olcott (Dir)
Release Date:   12 Jun 1927
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 9 May 1927
Duration (in mins):   59
Duration (in feet):   5,252
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Norman Kerry (Maurice Stair)  
    Claire Windsor (Dierdre Saurin)  
    Arthur Edmund Carew (Major Anthony Kinsella)  
    Tom Guise (Marquis of Stair)  
    Helene Sullivan (Judy Saurin)  
    Nelson McDowell (Scotty MacBurney)  
    Larry Steers (Captain Rockwood)  
    J. Gordon Russell (Wagon-driver)  
    Myrta Bonillas (Saba Rockwood)  
    Jacques D'Auray (Richard Saurin)  
    Pauline Neff (Nonie Valette)  
    Bertram Johns (Dr. Harriatt)  
    Billie Bennett (Mrs. Harriatt)  
    Annie Ryan (Mrs. MacBurney)  
    Dick Sutherland (Chief Logenbuela)  

Summary: Dierdre Saurin, an English girl, becomes infatuated with Major Kinsella while he is on leave to England from his post in East Africa, and when he returns to duty she follows on the pretext of seeing her brother. Maurice Stair, son of the marquis and insanely jealous of Dierdre, is sent to the village by his father and plans revenge. Dierdre refuses to drop Kinsella even when she learns he is married. The major organizes his men to meet a horde of warring Africans on the veldt, while Maurice remains at the settlement; he convinces Dierdre that Kinsella has been killed in the battle, and she finally marries him. Maurice ultimately confesses his deception and after great hardship rescues Kinsella; Dierdre realizes her love for Maurice. 

Production Company: Universal Pictures Corp.  
Production Text: A Sidney Olcott Production
Distribution Company: Universal Pictures Corp.  
Director: Sidney Olcott (Dir)
Producer: Carl Laemmle (Pres)
Writer: Charles A. Logue (Story supv by)
  Walter Anthony (Titles by)
Photography: John Stumar (Photog)
Art Direction: Charles D. Hall (Art dir)
Film Editor: Ted Kent (Film ed)
  Lloyd Nosler (Supv film ed)
Country: United States
Language: English

Music:
Songs:
Source Text: Based on the novel The Claw by Cynthia Stockley (New York, 1911).
Authors: Cynthia Stockley

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Universal Pictures Corp. 20/4/1927 dd/mm/yyyy LP23883

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Genre: Romance
 
Subjects (Major): Brothers and sisters
  Africa
  England
  Great Britain. Army
  Revenge

Note: A 1918 adaptation of Cynthia Stockley's novel was produced by the C.K.Y. Film Corp., directed by Robert G. Vignola and starring Clara Kimball Young and Milton Sills (see entry). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   22 May 1927.   
New York Times   11 May 1927   p. 28.
Variety   11 May 1927   p. 16.

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