Powers That Prey

Powers That Prey is considered to be a lost film.

Mary Miles Minter And Allan Forrest In Powers That Prey From A Swedish Herald For The Film

U.S.A. Release: March 4, 1918

Produced by: American Film Corporation
Distributed by: Mutual Film Corporation
Directed by: Henry King
Written by: Will M. Ritchey, based on his story "Extra! Extra!"
Cinematography by: John F. Seitz

Black & White
Five Reels
Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format

Mary Miles Minter as Sylvia Grant
Allan Forrest as Frank Summers
Harvey Clark as Burton Grant
Clarence Burton as Jarvis McVey
Lucille Ward as Mrs. Brackett
Emma Kluge as Mrs. Sharon
Perry Banks as George Lake
Robert Miller as Bobs

Mary Miles Minter plays the role of Sylvia Grant, daughter of a newspaper publisher who takes over his duties after he decides to retire in the wake of exposing a crooked politician, Jarvis McVey. She immediately brings a naive womans touch to the paper, with silly scoops and minor news stories.

But that is followed by drama and intrique as Frank Summers, the City Editor, discovers a new corrupt enterprise between McVey and the President of the local railroad. Sylvia decides to expose the plot with an "Extra", at the same time urging the townsfolk to tar and feather the duo. The pair are saved from total humiliation when Burton Grant returns to resume control of the paper, and manages to convince McVey to leave town. And Mary? By now, you should be able to guess the films romantic conclusion involving her and Allan Forrest.

* The image we've used for this film is from a vintage Swedish herald for "Greenvilles Allehanda", their title for "Powers That Prey". The original being a halftone, we've slightly enhanced it for web display.

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