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Exile (1917 film)

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Directed byMaurice Tourneur
Screenplay byCharles E. Whittaker
Dolf Wyllarde
Based onExile, An Outpost of Empire
by Dolf Wyllarde
Produced byJesse L. Lasky
StarringOlga Petrova
Wyndham Standing
Mahlon Hamilton
Warren Cook
Charles Martin
Violet Reed
CinematographyJohn van den Broek
Edited byClarence Brown
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • September 1917 (1917-09)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Exile is a 1917 American silent drama film directed by Maurice Tourneur and written by Charles E. Whittaker based upon the 1916 Dolf Wyllarde novel. The film stars Olga Petrova, Wyndham Standing, Mahlon Hamilton, Warren Cook, Charles Martin, and Violet Reed. The film was released in September 1917, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2] It is not known whether the film currently survives,[3] which suggests that it is a lost film.


As described in a film magazine,[4] American engineer Richmond Harvey is working for the betterment of Exile, a Portuguese colony. Vincento Perez, as chief justice, holds the power of life and death over thousands of Arabs. Perez desires to obtain a letter he has written Harvey, which, if published, would mean the ruin of Perez. He sends his wife Claudia to Harvey's quarters, where she intimates that she is in love with him. They have a sumptuous dinner and sit far into the night talking. Finally she retires, handing Harvey the key to her room. He tells her that he will not take advantage of the situation, and in the morning hands her the letter. She gives it to her husband and leaves him. The Arabs arise against Perez and kill him. Harvey saves Claudia's life by snatching her from a veranda surrounded by angry Arabs and they ride off together.



Like many American films of the time, Exile was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors issued an Adults Only permit for the film.[5] The Board then cut, in Reel 2, the intertitles "Offer him anything — understand, anything", "Offer him anything", "I am authorized to offer anything", and "We must have it at any price", and two debauchery scenes; in Reel 3, a closeup of Claudia placing key to her room on table before ascending stairs and the intertitles "That was the bargain, wasn't it", "My love for you is too sincere to permit of any act reflecting on your honor", and "Are you absolutely stone? Does the sacrifice mean nothing to you?"; and in Reel 4, the intertitles "What did you pay for it?", "You lost any right you might have had", and "your brutality has cost you my love", and the closeup of Perez strangling Claudia as she is lying on a stone.[6]


  1. ^ "Exile (1917) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Exile". AFI. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  3. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Exile at
  4. ^ "Reviews: Exile". Exhibitors Herald. New York: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (12): 28. September 15, 1917.
  5. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 5 (15): 33. October 6, 1917.
  6. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 5 (20): 33. November 10, 1917.

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