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The 17 Sep 1921 Motion Picture News reported that the film was beginning under the title The Comeback. The 8 Oct 1921 Motion Picture News noted that director-star William Duncan was "doing the final work" on the ... More Less

The 17 Sep 1921 Motion Picture News reported that the film was beginning under the title The Comeback. The 8 Oct 1921 Motion Picture News noted that director-star William Duncan was "doing the final work" on the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
17 Sep 1921
p. 1549.
Motion Picture News
8 Oct 1921
p. 1896.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "The Comeback" by J. Raleigh Davies (publication undetermined).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Comeback
Release Date:
25 December 1921
Production Date:
September--October 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
21 December 1921
Copyright Number:
LP17380
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,700
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Mrs. Austin is a penniless society matron whose only hope is in a wealthy marriage for her daughter, Ethel, who favors engineer John Manning while the mother prefers wealthy lawyer Frederick Apthorpe. Manning, determining to secure his position, leaves with Milton Hulst, a crooked lawyer, in search of gold in the North, secretly marrying Ethel before departing. Manning, Hulst, and a third partner, MacRoberts, strike it rich, but Hulst steals the gold and murders MacRoberts with Manning's revolver. Manning is arrested but escapes the police and is cared for by an Indian. Meanwhile Ethel marries Apthorpe, who has become district attorney; when Hulst tries to blackmail her with evidence of her previous marriage, Manning intervenes and Hulst is killed by Ethel. Manning confesses to the crime, is prosecuted by Apthorpe, and is sentenced to be hanged. When Apthorpe is elected governor, he refuses to keep his promise to pardon Manning until Ethel threatens to expose Apthorpe and kill herself. When Manning is freed, Ethel and Apthorpe separate and she is reunited with ... +


Mrs. Austin is a penniless society matron whose only hope is in a wealthy marriage for her daughter, Ethel, who favors engineer John Manning while the mother prefers wealthy lawyer Frederick Apthorpe. Manning, determining to secure his position, leaves with Milton Hulst, a crooked lawyer, in search of gold in the North, secretly marrying Ethel before departing. Manning, Hulst, and a third partner, MacRoberts, strike it rich, but Hulst steals the gold and murders MacRoberts with Manning's revolver. Manning is arrested but escapes the police and is cared for by an Indian. Meanwhile Ethel marries Apthorpe, who has become district attorney; when Hulst tries to blackmail her with evidence of her previous marriage, Manning intervenes and Hulst is killed by Ethel. Manning confesses to the crime, is prosecuted by Apthorpe, and is sentenced to be hanged. When Apthorpe is elected governor, he refuses to keep his promise to pardon Manning until Ethel threatens to expose Apthorpe and kill herself. When Manning is freed, Ethel and Apthorpe separate and she is reunited with Manning. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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