Sylvia of the Secret Service

Sylvia of the Secret Service is a 1917 American silent thriller film directed by George Fitzmaurice and starring Irene Castle, J.H. Gilmour and Elliott Dexter.[1] Erich von Stroheim worked as assistant director and technical advisor as well as playing the role of the villain. It was given a second release in 1922.

Sylvia of the Secret Service
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Scene featuring Castle and von Stroheim
Directed byGeorge Fitzmaurice
Written byPhilip Bartholomae
Joseph H. Trant
StarringIrene Castle
J.H. Gilmour
Elliott Dexter
CinematographyArthur C. Miller
Astra Film
Distributed byPathé Exchange
Release date
November 25, 1917
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

The film's sets were designed by the art director Anton Grot. It was shot at studios in Fort Lee in New Jersey.[2]


During World War I, An American secret agent attempt to prevent a German sabotage ring from blowing up ammunition dumps in New York.



  1. ^ Lennig p.46
  2. ^ Koszarski p.151


  • Koszarski, Richard . Fort Lee: The Film Town (1904-2004). Indiana University Press, 2005.
  • Lennig, Arthur. Stroheim. University Press of Kentucky, 2004.

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