William deMille, Cecil's (arguably) more talented brother, served as director for Anton the Terrible. Theodore Roberts, who later played Moses in brother Cecil's The Ten Commandment, here portrays a fierce Cossack chieftan. He spends the first three reels of the film avenging the rape of his sister (Elia Trombly), and the final two reels courageously sacrificing himself to save his mother's (Edythe Chapman) life. Elements of the plotline of Anton the Terrible would later resurface in such films as The Rogue Song and Adventures of Michael Strogoff.
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