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The Law of the Land (film)

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The Law of the Land
Directed byMaurice Tourneur
Charles E. Whittaker (ass't director)
Clarence Brown (ass't director)
Written byCharles E. Whittaker (scenario)
Based onThe Law of the Land
by George Broadhurst
Produced byJesse L. Lasky
StarringOlga Petrova
CinematographyJohn van den Broek
Edited byClarence Brown (uncredited)
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • August 12, 1917 (1917-08-12)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Law of the Land (or Law of the Land) is a 1917 silent film starring stage actress turned screen vamp Olga Petrova. The film was directed by Maurice Tourneur and produced by Jesse Lasky.

The story is based on the 1914 play The Law of the Land by George Broadhurst and starred Julia Dean in Petrova's role. Some scenes of this film were shot in Florida. This film is now lost.[1][2]


As described in a film magazine,[3] Margaret Harding (Petrova) becomes the wife of Richard Harding (Standing) to save her mother from ruin. The only happiness in her life is her young son, and one night when Harding threatens to whip the boy to death Margaret shoots him. Geoffrey Morton (Hamilton), who loves Margaret, and Margaret are charged with the crime. However, when Margaret explains to the police inspector (Hatch) the true state of affairs, and when her son shows marks where his father had hit him, Margaret and Geoffrey are exonerated and reunited.



  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Law of the Land at
  2. ^ The Law of the Land as produced on Broadway at the 48th Street Theatre, September 30, 1914; 221 performances;
  3. ^ "Reviews: The Law of the Land". Exhibitors Herald. New York: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (9): 28. August 25, 1917.

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