The Slave (1917 comedy film)

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The Slave
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Directed by Arvid E. Gillstrom
Produced by Louis Burstein
Written by Rex Taylor (scenario)
Starring Billy West
Oliver Hardy
Distributed by King Bee Studios
Release date
  • December 15, 1917 (1917-12-15)
Running time
2 reels
Country United States
Language Silent[1]

The Slave is a 1917 American silent comedy film starring Billy West and featuring Oliver Hardy. It was unusual for a silent film in that, because it told its story so plainly, subtitles or intertitles were not considered necessary.[1] It is not known whether the film currently survives.[2]


  • Billy West as Billy, the slave
  • Oliver Hardy as The Sultan of Bacteria
  • Leo White as The Vizier
  • Bud Ross as Haratius Crabbe, the collector (credited as Budd Ross)
  • Leatrice Joy as Susie, his daughter
  • Gladys Varden as The Sultan's favorite
  • Ethel Cassity
  • Ellen Burford
  • Martha Dean
  • Ethelyn Gibson
  • Joe Bordeaux


Like many American films of the time, The Slave was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors required, in Reel 1, cuts of the entire incident of man throwing a lobster on a woman's back and all scenes of it on her back, the sultan poking man in back with dagger, and in Reel 2 the last two scenes of pulling the man through window where his trousers come off.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Comedy Sans Subtitles". Exhibitors Herald. New York: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (3): 22. January 12, 1918.
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Slave at
  3. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (5): 33. January 26, 1918.

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