The Spy (1917 American film)

The Spy is a 1917 American silent thriller film directed by Richard Stanton and starring Dustin Farnum, Winifred Kingston, and William Burress.[1] It portrays the actions of American spy who travels to Germany during World War I to get hold of a list of German agents active in the United States. He succeeds with the help of a local woman who falls in love with him, but both are captured and executed.

The Spy
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Directed byRichard Stanton
Produced byRichard Stanton
William Fox
Written byGeorge Bronson Howard
StarringDustin Farnum
Winifred Kingston
William Burress
CinematographyDevereaux Jennings
Distributed byFox Film
Release date
  • August 17, 1917 (1917-08-17)
Running time
80 minutes
60 minutes (edited version)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Although the original production ran for 8 reels, it was sometimes reduced to six in certain regions probably due to censorship of some scenes. In Chicago it was banned due to scenes of graphic violence.[1]



  1. ^ a b Solomon p. 241


  • Solomon, Aubrey. The Fox Film Corporation, 1915-1935: A History and Filmography. McFarland, 2011.

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