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Auction of Souls
(1919) American
B&W : Eight reels / 7820 feet
Directed by Oscar Apfel

Cast: Aurora Mardiganian [herself], Irving Cummings [Andranik], Anna Q. Nilsson [Edith Graham], Henry Morganthau [himself], Howard Davies, Hector Dion, Frank Clark, Miles McCarthy, Eugenie Besserer, Lillian West

[?] Selig Studios or The Selig Polyscope Company, Incorporated? production for the American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief; distributed by First National Exhibitors’ Circuit, Incorporated. / Produced by William N. Selig. Scenario by [?] Nora Waln and/or Frederic Chapin?, from the book Ravished Armenia by Aurora Mardiganian and H.L. Gates (Henry Leyford Gates). / © 7 February 1922 by Associated First National Pictures, Incorporated [LP17531]. Released 19 January 1919. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / Working titles: Ravished Armenia and Armenia Crucified. Some location photography was taken at Mount Baldy, California (for Mount Ararat). The film may have been misidentified by the Pennsylvania Censor Board as an [?] Aras? production titled An Armenian Crucifixion (1918?) at five reels. [?] The film may have been rereleased in the USA in 1922. Approximately 21 minutes of footage was recovered in Soviet Armenia in 1994.

Drama: Biography.

Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F1 n. F1.0177.

Survival status: The film is presumed lost : Approximately 21 minutes of footage is held in the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute film archive.

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Americans (Abroad) - Armenians - USA: California: Mount Baldy

Listing updated: 8 February 2011.

References: AFI-F1 nn. F1.0147, F1.0177; AFI-F2 n. F2.0199; Balakian-Burning p. 313; Weaver-Twenty p. 50 : Website-AFI; Website-IMDb : with additional information provided by Peter Kalm.

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