Raider Emden was one of a spate of late-1920s WWI documentaries sympathetic to the German point of view. The film focuses on the seafaring destroyer Emden, which spent the early months of the war capturing helpless merchant ships from a variety of nations. Following a peculiar code of honor, the Captain of the Emden invariably allowed the passengers and crew of the ill-fated ships to return home unharmed. Given this premise, it's hardly surprising that The Raider Emden contains no battle scenes whatsoever, which undoubtedly came as a disappointment to many film patrons. For its first New York run, Raider Emden was double-billed with an entry from the all-talkie, Technicolor short-subject series "The Music Masters."
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