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The White Slave Trade

Alfred Cohn, Denmark, 1910

6 min.DK/FeatureMelodrama, Drama, Crime filmSilent films

Anna, a young girl from a poor but honest household, is offered an attractive position as a lady's companion in London. Her childhood friend Georg is worried, but she goes anyway. To Anna's horror, the "distinguished house" turns out to be a brothel and her first customer soon awaits her.
She manages to smuggle a letter for her parents out of the country, but what she doesn't know is that Georg is already on his way to save her. Will Anna ever escape the white slave trade?

The White Slave Trade was the first Danish feature-length film (3 reels), and it was phenomenally successful. It was made in the spring of 1910 by the film company Fotorama in Denmark's second-largest city, Aarhus. When Nordisk Films Compagni heard about the innovative and bold move, they wanted in on the action and simply plagarized the film, scene by scene, scoring a huge hit outside Denmark. Unfortunately, only a few fragments of the Fotorama-version survive, but the similarity is evident.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Den hvide Slavehandel
Danish title Den hvide Slavehandel
Director Alfred Cohn
Screenplay Louis Schmidt
Director of Photography Alfred Lind
Appearance Christel Holch, Kai Lind, Gunnar Helsengreen, Maja Bjerre-Lind
Production country Denmark
Production company Th. S. Hermansen
Domestic distribution Fotorama
Technical info 706 meter, 35 mm, Silent
Danish theatrical release 11.04.1910
Cinemas Fotorama, Løvebiografen
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Companies

Production company Th. S. Hermansen
Domestic distribution Fotorama

Direction

Direction Alfred Cohn

Script

Script Louis Schmidt

Production

Production Th. S. Hermansen

Cinematography

Cinematography Alfred Lind

Appearance

Anna Christel Holch
Georg Kai Lind
Slavehandler Gunnar Helsengreen
Koblerske Maja Bjerre-Lind
Skurk Peter Kjær

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