The Cossack Whip (1916)

Drama


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Feodor Turov, chief of the Russian Czar's secret police, orders his Cossacks to attack a village he believes to be infested with rebels. The Cossacks attack the village and massacre almost ... See full summary »


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Director:

John H. Collins

Writers:

James Oppenheim (story), Paul Sloane

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24 November 2018 | drednm
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| Viola Dana Has Vengeance on Her Mind
This 1916 film set in post-Czarist Russia shows a peaceful village where Viola Dana is a carefree girl who likes to dance. Then the Cossacks sweep through, killing everyone in an attempt to wipe out a political cell.

With the help of a famous ballet dancer (Richard Tucker) Dana gets a job with the company but she never forgets. Eventually she is befriended by a ballet star (Sally Crute) and goes off to London where she becomes a noted dancer, but she never forgets.

Will they find out Dana's real identity? Will they catche her? Will she ever be able to exact her revenge?

These questions are answered in this well-made film, directed by Dana's husband, John H. Collins. Interspersing the political story with dance scenes (the mirror dance is quite good), Collins uses film editing styles he learned from D.W. Griffith to create an exciting story that moves fast.

The ending was quite shocking for 1916 audiences and it still packs a wallop. Collins and Dana were a power couple of the teens, until Collins suddenly died in the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.

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Release Date:

13 November 1916

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

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