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Damon and Pythias (1914)

After a prologue which shows several aerial views of the Acropolis, the story begins. The friendship of Damon, the senator, and Pythias, the soldier, is famous in Ancient Syracuse. Because ... See full summary »

Director:

Otis Turner

Writers:

Ruth Ann Baldwin (story), Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (story) (as E. Bulwer Lytton) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview:
William Worthington ... Damon
Herbert Rawlinson ... Pythias
Cleo Madison ... Hermione
Ann Little ... Calanthe
Frank Lloyd ... Dionysius
Helen Wright Helen Wright ... Arria (as Miss Wright)
Chandler House Chandler House ... Son of Damon
Harry Davenport ... Phillistus (as H. Davenport)
Duke Worne Duke Worne ... Luculus (as H.B. Worne)
Edgar Keller Edgar Keller ... Democles
Bruce Mitchell Bruce Mitchell ... Perocles
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Storyline

After a prologue which shows several aerial views of the Acropolis, the story begins. The friendship of Damon, the senator, and Pythias, the soldier, is famous in Ancient Syracuse. Because the general Dionysius is infatuated with Calanthe, Pythias' sweetheart, he sends the soldier to fight the Carthaginians at the Battle of Agrigentum. Pythias returns in triumph, and then angers Dionysius even further when he defeats Aristle, the general's favorite, in a chariot race. During the wedding ceremony for Pythias and Calanthe, Dionysius has himself proclaimed sovereign while Damon is absent from the Senate. Shocked, Damon attempts to assassinate Dionysius, but he fails and is sentenced to death. In order for Damon to say goodbye to his wife and son, Pythias leaves Calanthe and takes his friend's place in prison, offering to die in Damon's place if he does not return. Despite several tests of the strength of their friendship, they remain loyal to each other and so impress Dionysius that he ...

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1914 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The first feature to be made by Universal at its new Universal City lot in Hollywood. The film was completed just prior to the studio's official opening in March, 1915. See more »

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Followed by Il tiranno di Siracusa (1962) See more »

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