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The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin (1918)

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During World War I, Erich von Stroheim wasn't the only "man you loved to hate." Rupert Julian also proved pretty hateful as the title character in this picture, which he also directed. It's pure, black-and-white propaganda, with every German general a "von-something" and the Kaiser as evil as they come. Contrasted against these dark forces is the story of a modest Belgian family -- Marcas, the blacksmith (Elma Lincoln, his daughter Gabrielle (Ruth Clifford) and his young sons -- who find themselves at the mercy of history and the Germans. Although the Armistice wouldn't happen until eight months after this picture was released, Julian came up with a patriotically appropriate end to the war -- the Allies win and hand the Kaiser over to the Belgian people as a prisoner. Incidentally, a few years later, Julian and von Stroheim would have something else in common besides their portrayals of evil Huns -- in 1922, when director von Stroheim was fired from The Merry-Go-Round, Universal would hire Julian to take his place. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Cast

Mark Fenton
as Adm. von Tirpitz
Betty Carpenter
as New Bride
Lon Chaney
as Bethmann-Hollweg
Wadsworth Harris
as Gen. von Russelheim
Harry Carter
as Gen. von Kluck
Harry Holden
as Gen. Joffre
Walter Belasco
as Adm. von Pliscott
Edward Clark
as Gen. Erich von Falkenhayn
Harry Von Meter
as Capt. Von Hancke
Ruth Clifford
as Gabrielle
Winter Hall
as Dr. Von Gressler
Zoe Rae
as Gretel
Rupert Julian
as The Kaiser
W.H. Bainbridge
as Col. Schmiedcke
Jay Smith
as Field Marshal von Hindenburg
Gretchen Lederer
as Bertha von Niegel
Elmo Lincoln
as Marcas, the Blacksmith
Ruby Lafayette
as Grandmother Marcas
Nigel De Brulier
as Capt. Von Neigle
Alfred Allen
as General Pershing
Jack McDonald
as King Albert
Joseph W. Girard
as Ambassador Gerard
Allan Sears
as Capt. von Wohlbold
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