The Slave (1917 drama film)

The Slave
Directed by William Nigh
Written by William Nigh (scenario)
Starring Valeska Suratt
Cinematography Joseph Ruttenberg
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release dates
  • June 3, 1917 (1917-06-03)
Running time
5 reels
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Slave is a 1917 American silent drama film written and directed by William Nigh. The film starred Valeska Surratt.[1] It is now considered lost.[2]


As described in a film magazine review,[3] Caroline (Suratt) works at a hair dressing parlor. A wealthy man falls in love with her, takes her home in his automobile, and proposes on the curb. Caroline has a dream where she marries the man, who turns out to be penurious and keeps her locked up in his mansion. He finally dies, and Caroline starts out having a good time with his money, but she sees the folly of her ways. She wakes up from the dream and turns down the offer of marriage, deciding instead to wait several years for her honest young man to return from the west.



  1. The Slave at
  2. International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House; Pratt, George C. (1982). Faces and Fabrics/Feathers and Furs. George Eastman House. p. 3. ISBN 0-935398-05-8.
  3. "Reviews: Valeska Suratt in The Slave". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (2): 24. 7 July 1917. Retrieved 2014-11-06.

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