[Daily article] May 3: The Carpet from Bagdad

The Carpet from Bagdad is a 1915 American silent adventure film directed
by Colin Campbell, based on Harold MacGrath’s 1911 novel of the same
name. In the story, Horace Wadsworth (played by Guy Oliver), one of a
gang of criminals planning a bank robbery in New York, steals a prayer
rug from a Baghdad mosque. He sells the carpet to antique dealer George
Jones (Wheeler Oakman) to fund the robbery scheme. The carpet’s guardian
kidnaps both men and Fortune Chedsoye (Kathlyn Williams), the innocent
daughter of another conspirator, but they escape. Marketing for the film
included a media tour of part of the set and an invitation-only
screening sponsored by the publisher of MacGrath’s book. The Carpet from
Bagdad was released on 3 May 1915 to mostly positive reviews. Many
praised the tinted desert scenes and realistic Middle East imagery,
although some felt the scenery overshadowed the characters. The film is
now lost, except for one badly damaged reel salvaged from the RMS
Lusitania in 1982. Images from several feet of the reel were recovered
by the British Film Institute’s National Archive.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Nkuwu Nzinga of the Kingdom of Kongo was baptised as João I by
Portuguese missionaries.


The Polish–Lithuanian Constitution of May 3, the oldest
codified national constitution in Europe, was adopted by the Great Sejm.


The island of Ireland was divided into two distinct
territories: Northern and Southern Ireland.


The Off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks made its premiere,
eventually becoming the world’s longest-running musical.


Four-year-old Madeleine McCann was abducted while on holiday
with her family in Portugal, sparking “the most heavily reported
missing-person case in modern history.”

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

(Britain) Need not.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Whenever men are not obliged to fight from necessity, they fight
from ambition; which is so powerful in human breasts, that it never
leaves them no matter to what rank they rise. The reason is that nature
has so created men that they are able to desire everything but are not
able to attain everything: so that the desire being always greater than
the acquisition, there results discontent with the possession and little
satisfaction to themselves from it  
–Niccolò Machiavelli

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