The Man Without a Country

The Man Without a Country

J.H. Gilmore
Director: Ernest C. Warde Cast: J.H. Gilmore
J.H. Gilmore
, Florence LaBadie
Florence LaBadie
, Holmes Herbert
Holmes Herbert
Ernest C. Warde


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Produced by Thanhouser, this first full-length adaptation of Edward Everett Hale's classic story The Man Without a Country starred H.E. Herbert as the luckless Philip Nolan, though nominal heroine Florence LaBadie was contractually awarded top billing. Accused of treason because of his loyalty to renegade Aaron Burr, Nolan spitefully cries out "Damn the United States! I wish I could never hear of her again." In the spirit of letting the punishment fit the crime, Nolan is sentenced to spend the rest of his life on an American warship, with the sailors given explicit instructions never to mention the United States in his presence. During the next fifty-five years, the repentant Nolan becomes America's most loyal citizen, secretly charting the country's expansion and sewing new stars on the flag he has squirreled away in his quarters. As Nolan breathes his last, a mere hundred feet or so from American shores, it is resolved by one and all that "No man loved his country more, and no man deserved less at her hands." As was the case in most film versions of The Man Without a Country, a romantic subplot is woven into the proceedings; and in keeping with the tempo of the times (America had just entered WWI), the film was fitted out with a modern "framing story," wherein a young doughboy's patriotism is fired up by a reading of the original Hale novella.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2008
UPC: 0029502200879
Original Release: 1917
Source: Jef Films
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:06:00
Sales rank: 49,407

Special Features

New musical soundtrack

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Man Without a Country
1. New Home [4:34]
2. Peace [7:02]
3. Meeting [5:39]
4. Red Cross [4:59]
5. War [4:36]
6. Enlist [5:14]
7. Sunk [6:25]
8. Previous Life [6:49]
9. Without Country [4:08]
10. Dance [4:41]
11. Death Bed [6:14]
12. Recruit [5:13]

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