DirectorRoy William Neill ProducerThomas H. Ince CountryUnited States
Release dateJuly 1, 1918 (1918-07-01) WriterOctavus Roy Cohen (story), J.U. Giesy (story) Story byJohn Ulrich Giesy, Octavus Roy Cohen CastDorothy Dalton (Paula Harris), Thurston Hall (Hugo Wagner), Charles K French (William Kremlin), Otto Hoffman (Fredeerick Fischr), Leota Lorraine (Dorothy Robinson) Related Roy William Neill moviesSherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943), The Woman in Green (1945), Black Angel (1946), Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943), Terror by Night (1946)
The Kaiser's Shadow is a 1918 American silent drama film directed by Roy William Neill and written by Octavus Roy Cohen and J.U. Giesy. The film stars Dorothy Dalton, Thurston Hall, Edward Cecil, Leota Lorraine, Otto Hoffman, and Charles K. French. The film was released on July 1, 1918, by Paramount Pictures. It is not known whether the film currently survives.
As described in a film magazine, a love affair between Paula Harris (Dalton) and Hugo Wagner (Hall), begun in Wilhemstasse, continues in America where the two, as German spies, obtain employment in the home of Dorothy Robinson (Lorraine), fiance of Clement Boyd (Cecil), an inventor who perfected a rifle. On their wedding day Clement and Dorothy are spirited away to the home of Professor Fredeerick Fischer, a cog in the German spy system. A search of Clement fails to find the plans for the rifle, and Hugo and Paula, who conducted the abduction, are told that they bungled it and will have to answer to "his excellence". The torture of Clement by "his excellence" is halted when Paula tears the mask from his face, exposing William Kremlin (French), a respected citizen. Men from the U.S. secret service arrive and the leaders of the band are killed while the others are taken into custody. Subsequent revelations show that Paula and Hugo were actually both in the service of the Allies and their romance culminates.
Dorothy Dalton as Paula Harris
Thurston Hall as Hugo Wagner
Edward Cecil as Clement Boyd
Leota Lorraine as Dorothy Robinson
Otto Hoffman as Fredeerick Fischer
Charles K. French as William Kremlin
Like many American films of the time, The Kaiser's Shadow was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors cut, in Reel 2, three scenes of chloroforming a young woman and, in Reel 5, the shooting of a police officer.