The Firefly of France (1918)

The Firefly of France, a famed Allied airman in the First World War, is lost while transporting valuable plans, and it is feared that he and the plans are now in the hands of the Germans. A... See full summary »


Donald Crisp




Cast overview:
Wallace Reid ... Devereux Bayne
Ann Little ... Esme Falconer
Charles Ogle ... Von Blenheim (aka Jenkins)
Raymond Hatton ... The Firefly
Winter Hall ... Dunham
Ernest Joy Ernest Joy ... Aide to Von Blenheim
William Elmer ... Aide to Von Blenheim
Clarence Geldart ... Aide to Von Blenheim (as Clarence Geldert)
Henry Woodward Henry Woodward ... Georges
Jane Wolfe ... Marie-Jeanne (as Jane Wolff)


The Firefly of France, a famed Allied airman in the First World War, is lost while transporting valuable plans, and it is feared that he and the plans are now in the hands of the Germans. A member of the Lafayette Escadrille endeavors to find the Firefly and the plans, but encounters a mysterious girl and several German spies who want the same thing. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Release Date:

7 July 1918 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

仏蘭西の螢 See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The Firefly of France (1918) - Lost Silent
2 November 2016 | by mpickfordfanSee all my reviews

Important note: This is not a film review. I hope to be able to find and add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist and some presumed lost films are still being discovered. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.

Devereux Bayne ( Wallace Reid ), a wealthy young American, resolves to fight with the French Aviation Corps during World War I. En route to Europe he meets the beautiful Esme Falconer ( Ann Little ) and a man named Jenkins ( Charles Ogle ), who tells him that she is a German spy. Even though Esme will not divulge the facts of her mission to Devereux, he refuses to believe she is a spy and follows her to a small French inn. During the night, her chauffeur is killed, so Devereux takes his place and drives her to the Falconer château, followed closely by Jenkins and his men. There Jenkins reveals that he is really Von Blenheim, a German agent, and demands that Esme procure for him the plans which had been carried by her brother-in-law, a missing aviator known as "the Firefly." ( Raymond Hatton ) Esme and Devereux escape to the chamber in which the Firefly is hiding, and while the Frenchman and his sister escape, the American turns over a fake set of documents to Von Blenheim. The Germans drive Devereux towards enemy lines, but he signals the French forces and the spies are captured. He is wounded in the struggle, but Esme lovingly ministers to him until he is well.

This 1918 silent drama was produced by Jesse L. Lasky, directed by Donald Crisp, starring Wallace Reid and Ann Little. The Firefly of France (1918) is listed in the American Silent Feature Film Database as; No holdings located in archives.

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