4 October 2016 | mpickfordfan
Two Surviving Reels
Important note: This is not a film review. I hope to be able to find and add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist and some presumed lost films are still being discovered. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.
Marcia Manot ( Geraldine Farrar ), a Breton fisher-maid, finds the priceless emerald which carries a curse that demands that, because it was stolen from its Christian keepers, it will forever serve the devil until restored to the church. Silas Martin ( Tully Marshall ), the avaricious American owner of the Brittany fisheries, marries Marcia to gain possession of the stone. Soon discovering that her husband cares only for the gem, Marcia accepts the sympathies of Martin's general manager, Guy Sterling ( Wallace Reid ). When Martin steals the jewel, Marcia demands to have it back, and in self-defense strikes her husband on the head with a candlestick. After the body is found, Sterling is accused of the crime, but is then exonerated and the murder remains a mystery until Sterling hires expert criminologist Robert Judson ( Hobart Bosworth ) to solve the crime. When Judson discovers Marcia's role in the death, she pleads self-defense and returns the emerald to the church, thus ridding herself of the curse of the devil-stone.
This 1917 silent drama was directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, Tully Marshall and Hobart Bosworth. The Devil-Stone was had sequences filmed in the Handschiegl Color Process (billed as the "DeMille-Wyckoff Process"). Sadly, only two of six reels are known to survive, in the American Film Institute Collection at the Library of Congress.