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The Foreign Legion
Alternate Title: The red mirage
Director: Edward Sloman (Dir)
Release Date:   1928
Premiere Information:   New York premiere: 23 Jun 1928; release: 1 Jul or 23 Sep 1928
Duration (in mins):   68
Duration (in feet):   7,828
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Norman Kerry (Richard Farquhar)  
    Lewis Stone (Colonel Destinn)  
    Crauford Kent (Captain Arnaud)  
    Mary Nolan (Sylvia Omney)  
    June Marlowe (Gabrielle)  
    Walter Perry (Corporal Gotz)  

Summary: Richard Farquhar, falsely accused of a crime, is forced to resign his commission in the army. Remaining silent to protect Arnaud, the husband of his former fiancĂ©e, Sylvia, Farquhar joins the Foreign Legion in Algeria and there serves under his father, whom he has not seen since he was a child. After a time Farquhar meets Arnaud and Sylvia again, and the result is trouble. Destinn, the commanding officer, is forced to sentence Farquhar to die, but when he learns that Farquhar is his son, he sacrifices himself so that Farquhar and his sweetheart, Gabrielle, may escape. 

Production Company: Universal Pictures Corp.  
Distribution Company: Universal Pictures Corp.  
Director: Edward Sloman (Dir)
Writer: Charles Kenyon (Scen)
  Charles Kenyon (Adpt)
  Jack Jarmuth (Titles)
Photography: Jackson Rose (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Ted Kent (Film ed)
Country: United States
Language: English

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Source Text: Based on the novel The Red Mirage by Ida Alexa Ross Wylie (London, 1913).
Authors: Ida Alexa Ross Wylie

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Universal Pictures Corp. 18/3/1928 dd/mm/yyyy LP25168

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Genre: Melodrama
 
Subjects (Major): Algeria
  Fatherhood
  France. Army. Foreign Legion
  Self-sacrifice

Note: The working title of this film was The Red Mirage , and Var reviewed the film simply as Foreign Legion . An earlier adaptation of Ida Alexa Ross Wylie's novel was produced by the Jesse L. Lasky Co. in 1915. That film, entitled The Unknown , was directed by George Melford and starred Lou Tellegen and Theodore Roberts (see entry below). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   1 Jul 1928.   
New York Times   25 Jun 1928   p. 27.
Variety   27 Jun 1928   p. 31.

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