Broken Fetters

Broken Fetters is a 1916 American silent drama film written and directed by Rex Ingram. Violet Mersereau played the lead role. The film was shot in Fort Lee, New Jersey where Universal Studios and other early film studios in America's first motion picture industry were based at the beginning of the 20th century.[1][2][3]

Broken Fetters
Directed byRex Ingram
Written byRex Ingram
StarringKittens Reichert
Violet Mersereau
Charles Francis
Earl Simmons
CinematographyStanley Sinclair
Distributed byBluebird Photoplays
Release date
  • July 3, 1916 (1916-07-03)
Running time
5 reels (approximately 50 minutes)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles


Broken Fetters was produced by Bluebird Photoplays, one of the three brands of motion pictures then being released by Universal Film Manufacturing Company.[4]:13[5]


  • Kittens Reichert as Mignon, as a child
  • Violet Mersereau as Mignon, grown up
  • Charles Francis as Kong Hee
  • Earl Simmons as Bruce King
  • Frank Smith as Foo Shai
  • William Dyer as The Captain
  • Paul Panzer as Carleton Demarest
  • Isabel Patterson as Mrs. Demarest
  • William Garwood as Lawrence Demarest
  • Paddy Sullivan as Mike
  • Guy Morville as The Detective
  • Charles Fang as Chang


  1. Koszarski, Richard (2004), Fort Lee: The Film Town, Rome, Italy: John Libbey Publishing -CIC srl, ISBN 0-86196-653-8
  2. "Studios and Films". Fort Lee Film Commission. Archived from the original on 2011-04-25. Retrieved 2011-05-30.
  3. Fort Lee Film Commission (2006), Fort Lee Birthplace of the Motion Picture Industry, Arcadia Publishing, ISBN 0-7385-4501-5
  4. Hirschhorn, Clive (1985) [1983]. The Universal Story. New York: Crown Publishers. ISBN 0-7064-1873-5.
  5. "Bluebird Photoplays, Inc". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-01-08.

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