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The Pasha’s Daughter (Thanhouser)

January 3, 2011

100 years ago today, The Pasha’s Daughter opened in U.S. theaters. You can buy a DVD of the film, which is packaged with six other titles, directly from the Thanhouser Company.


Image Courtesy of Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc.


Below is a synopsis of The Pasha’s Daughter, published in The Moving Picture World 8, no. 1 (7 January 1911):44

Jack Sparks is a young American, who, while traveling in Turkey, meets and befriends an aged Turk, who invites him to his home. Soon after his arrival the Turk is arrested for conspiracy against the government, and Jack, who Is believed to be an accomplice, is also imprisoned–without a hearing. The crumbling walls at the old Turkish prison are not strong enough to hold the stalwart young American and he soon makes his escape. He is pursued by an armed guard, and takes refuge in the courtyard of the Pasha’s palace. There he is protected from recapture by the Pasha’s daughter, Murana, who finds him a hiding place and then helps him to escape in the garb of a Turkish woman. Jack upon leaving tries to induce Murana to fly with him, but in vain. He gives the beautiful Turkish girl, with whom he is greatly in love, his card in exchange for a rose, but he scarcely dares hope that he will ever see the glowing eyes of the veiled beauty whose name he does not even know.

Jack makes his way in safety to his American home, and while gazing at his rose, the one token of his romance which is left him, a visitor is announced. He and his mother stand puzzled as a beautifully dressed young woman is ushered in. Although there is something about her which suggests the past to Jack, he fails to recognize his Turkish sweetheart until she hides the lower part of her face in her veil, showing only the beautiful eyes with which Jack fell in love. She tells Jack that she has decided to be not only a Pasha’s daughter but an American’s bride.

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