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A Mormon Maid (1917)
A klan-like organization is represented as part of the Church of Latter Day Saints. Although the early history of the Mormons is entwined with that of American Freemasonry, and the all-seeing eye is now erroneously identified in the public mind with Freemasonry, neither was popularly known when this film was released.
The robes are reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan and scenes from D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation (1915) or Heart o' the Hills (1919).
The pointed cowl and white robes were not only worn by Kluxers but by members of any number of Mardi Gras fraternities as well as secular and religious groups.

A Mormon Maid (1917). Directed by Robert Z. Leonard, written by Charles Sarver Paul West. Produced by Jesse L. Lasky. Mae Murray, Frank Borzage, Hobart Bosworth, Edythe Chapman, Noah Beery, Richard Cummings. 50 min. USA, Black and White, Silent.
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