Best History Movies of 1917
The Woman God Forgot
Cortez sends Alvarado to Montezuma who throws him into a dungeon from which he is rescued by Tecza who loves him. He is recaptured when her lover Guatemoco finds Alvarado hiding in her chambers. Tecza next leads Cortez into the city, thus causing the destruction of her nation and securing the love of Alvarado.
Starring: Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, Raymond Hatton, Hobart Bosworth, Theodore Kosloff
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1917-10-27
The story of Cleopatra, the fabulous queen of Egypt, and the epic romances between her and the greatest men of Rome, Julius Caesar and Antony. (IMDb) Only a fragment of this film is known to still exist.
Starring: Theda Bara, Fritz Leiber, Thurston Hall, Alan Roscoe, Herschel Mayall
Directed by: J. Gordon Edwards
Release date: 1917-10-14
A Mormon Maid
This silent melodrama is set against the 1840s westward migration of the Mormons. Dora, a young woman, and her family are saved from an Indian attack by a Mormon community traveling to Utah. They join the wagon train. Dora is pursued by two men, one a recent convert, the other a scheming elder with a stable of wives. The Mormon elder wants her in his harem. When the mother kills herself from revulsion toward polygamy, the daughter must consider her own future and the man she loves. One of Mae Murray's few surviving films, this was intended by Robert Leonard to be a thoughtful drama about the goods and evils of Mormonism, but today it is generally considered pure anti-Mormon propaganda.
Starring: Mae Murray, Frank Borzage, Hobart Bosworth, Edythe Chapman, Noah Beery
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1917-04-21