Fires of Rebellion

Fires of Rebellion is a 1917 American silent drama film directed by Ida May Park and starring Lon Chaney.[1] It is not known whether the film currently survives.[1]

Fires of Rebellion
Directed byIda May Park
Written byIda May Park
StarringLon Chaney
Dorothy Phillips
CinematographyKing D. Gray
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • July 2, 1917 (1917-07-02)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine review,[2] Madge Garvey (Phillips) and her father are employed in a shoe factory. Madge's brother-in-law is discharged by the new foreman, John Blake (Stowell), and in a fight with Blake is killed. Blake falls in love with Madge and she consents to marry him. The day before the wedding she goes to New York City, lured by a girl friend and a desire to get away from Sackville and its squalor. There she finds life very different. She poses for an artist, and is invited to his apartment late one night where he tries to force his attentions on her. In the meantime, Blake assists Madge's sister through her illness, and the family moves into the house Blake had furnished for his bride. Seeing a picture of a scantily clad Madge in the newspaper, Blake goes to the city where he finds Madge fainted and lying in the arms of the artist. He rescues her and they return home and are married.



Like many American films of the time, Fires of Rebellion was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors required two cuts in the film, the first removing an intertitle in reel 1 reading "Never mind, my fine lady, you won't be so fresh this time tomorrow night," and the second in reel 5 removing a closeup of a choking scene.[3]


  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: Fires of Rebellion". Retrieved June 26, 2008.
  2. "Reviews: Dorothy Phillips in Fires of Rebellion". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (1): 25. June 30, 1917. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  3. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (2): 33. July 7, 1917. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
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