Joan of Plattsburg

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Joan of Plattsburg

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Directed by William Humphrey
George Loane Tucker
Produced by Goldwyn Pictures Corporation
Written by Porter Emerson Browne (story)
George Loane Tucker (writer)
Starring Mabel Normand
Cinematography Oliver T. Marsh
Distributed by Goldwyn Pictures
Release date
  • May 5, 1918 (1918-05-05)
Running time
6 reels
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Joan of Plattsburg is a 1918 American propaganda comedy drama film co-directed by William Humphrey and George Loane Tucker, written by Tucker from a story by Porter Emerson Browne, photographed by Oliver T. Marsh, released by the Goldwyn Pictures Corporation and starring Mabel Normand. [1] It is not known whether the film currently survives, [2] and it may be a lost film.

William J. Humphrey American actor and film director

William Jonathan Humphrey was an American actor and film director.

George Loane Tucker American film director, actor and screenwriter

George Loane Tucker was an American actor, silent film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor.

Porter Emerson Browne was an American playwright, born Beverly, Massachusetts.



As described in a film magazine, [3] Joan (Normand), an orphan, becomes interested in the drilling of soldiers at an American World War I training camp near the orphan asylum of which she is an inmate. One day while evading the angry superintendent, she conceals herself in a cellar and discovers a meeting place of German spies who are plotting. She believes that, like a modern day Joan of Arc, she's listening to disembodied voices. She reports the matter to the major, who sets out to capture the spies and sends Joan to live with his mother. When he returns from the war, he finds Joan waiting for him.

World War I 1914–1918 global war originating in Europe

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Joan of Arc French folk heroine and Roman Catholic saint

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Mabel Normand American actress, screenwriter and film director

Mabel Ethelreid Normand was an American silent-film actress, screenwriter, director, and producer. She was a popular star and collaborator of Mack Sennett in his Keystone Studios films, and at the height of her career in the late 1910s and early 1920s, had her own movie studio and production company. Onscreen, she appeared in 12 successful films with Charlie Chaplin and 17 with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, sometimes writing and directing movies featuring Chaplin as her leading man.

Joseph W. Smiley American actor

Joseph W. Smiley was born on June 18, 1870 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor and director, known for The Gray Horror (1915), The Other Sister (1915) and The Living Fear (1914), as well as many other films. He was married to the Scottish actress Lila Leslie. He died on December 2, 1945, in New York City, New York, USA.

Edward Elkas actor

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  1. IMDB entry
  2. Progressive Silent Film List: Joan of Plattsburg at
  3. "Reviews: Joan of Plattsburg". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (21): 27. May 18, 1918.
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