The Devil's Claim

The Devil's Claim is a 1920 American silent drama film starring Sessue Hayakawa and Colleen Moore.[1][2][3][4][5] A print of this film survives.[6][7]

The Devil's Claim
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCharles Swickard
Produced byGeorge W. Stout
Written byJ. Grubb Alexander (screenplay and story)
StarringSessue Hayakawa
Colleen Moore
Rhea Mitchell
CinematographyFrank D. Williams
Distributed byRobertson-Cole Distributing Corporation
Release date
  • May 2, 1920 (1920-05-02)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As summarized in a film publication,[8] Akbar Khan, a novelist in New York, uses his love affairs as inspiration for his books. His current affair is with Indora, a Persian girl. However, the passion has left the relationship and he casts her out. Social worker Virginia Crosby comes to her aid and pretends to fall for Khan. He is inspired to write about "The Devil’s Trademark" (this was the working title of the film), an adaption of a serial for a popular magazine. The film flashes to his vision of the story, which is set in Paris with Khan as the hero Hassan. Hassan’s companion in the story is a beautiful Hindu woman. The story includes a stolen talisman, a blindfolded marriage, Egyptian sorceresses, a sect of devil worshipers, and reincarnated evil spirits. Virginia then leaves Khan before the story is finished, and sends for Indora, who steps into her place.



  1. Miyao, Daisuke (28 March 2007). Sessue Hayakawa: Silent Cinema and Transnational Stardom. Duke University Press. p. 176. ISBN 0-8223-3969-2.
  2. Soister, John T. (2012). American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913-1929. McFarland. p. 142. ISBN 978-0-7864-8790-5.
  3. Langman, Larry (1 January 1998). American Film Cycles: The Silent Era. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 236. ISBN 978-0-313-30657-0.
  4. Ford, Jamie (10 September 2013). Songs of Willow Frost. Allison & Busby, Limited. p. 109. ISBN 978-0-7490-1463-6.
  5. Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research. Society for Psychical Research (Great Britain). 1928. p. 267.
  6. Progressive Silent Film List: The Devil's Claim at
  7. Bean, Jennifer M. (12 July 2011). Flickers of Desire: Movie Stars of the 1910s. Rutgers University Press. p. 112. ISBN 978-0-8135-5072-5.
  8. "The Devil's Claim: Japanese Star in Fantastic, Involved Story". Motion Picture News. New York City: Motion Picture News, Inc. 21 (22): 4404. May 22, 1920. Retrieved 2014-04-11.


  • Jeff Codori (2012), Colleen Moore; A Biography of the Silent Film Star, McFarland Publishing, (Print ISBN 978-0-7864-4969-9, EBook ISBN 978-0-7864-8899-5).
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