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The Claws of the Hun

The Claws of the Hun
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Directed byVictor Schertzinger
Screenplay byElla Stuart Carson
R. Cecil Smith
Produced byThomas H. Ince
StarringCharles Ray
Jane Novak
Robert McKim
Dorcas Matthews
Melbourne MacDowell
Mollie McConnell
CinematographyChester A. Lyons
Thomas H. Ince Corporation
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • June 30, 1918 (1918-06-30)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Claws of the Hun is a 1918 American silent drama film directed by Victor Schertzinger and written by Ella Stuart Carson and R. Cecil Smith. The film stars Charles Ray, Jane Novak, Robert McKim, Dorcas Matthews, Melbourne MacDowell, and Mollie McConnell. The film was released on June 30, 1918, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]


A propaganda film about a bad agent trying to find the secret formula for an explosive.[3]



Like many American films of the time, The Claws of the Hun was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors cut, in Reel 5, scene of man's hand in press, three scenes of man turning press, and shooting the American boy.[4]


  1. ^ Hal Erickson (2015). "Claws-of-the-Hun - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  2. ^ "The Claws of the Hun (1918) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  3. ^ Arizona republican. (Phoenix, Ariz.), 29 Sept. 1918
  4. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 7 (5): 43. July 27, 1918.

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