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How Kitchener Was Betrayed
How Kitchener Was Betrayed

How Kitchener Was Betrayed 1921

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How Kitchener Was Betrayed 1921

80 mins United Kingdom Director. Percy Nash

This film exploiting rumours surrounding the death of Lord Kitchener was banned by the authorities on its release. Only reel one survives, showing the setting up of the story with the sensationalist premise that Kitchener was betrayed by a German spy and his ship, the HMS Hampshire, sunk deliberately. Unfortunately we never get to the exciting part, but it appears well-made with Fred Paul a convincing Kitchener.

The death of Lord Kitchener, one of the most capable and popular British Army commanders, amounted to a national tragedy. He had raised a massive volunteer army in 1914 on pure charisma, and the famous poster with the slogan 'Lord Kitchener Wants You' is one of the enduring images of the Great War. His biographer Sir George Arthur even said that "the men came because Kitchener asked them". The conspiracy theory turned out to be just that: the Hampshire really sank because she hit a mine in a force nine gale off the coast of Orkney.

Directed by

Percy Nash

Featuring

Fred Paul

Peggy Hathaway

Ion Swinley

Genres

War

Tags

Espionage Horatio Kitchener (1850-1916) World War I

Collection

Free Archive Features Cinema of WWI

Released

1921

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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