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The working title of this film was The Beast, the 20 Oct 1923 Camera reported. Frederick Peters was on the set in Quincy, CA, to play "the brute heavy," but he is not listed in credits. The production was scheduled to stay in Quincy for three weeks.
       According to items in the 17 Nov 1923 Exhibitors Trade Review, the 1 Dec 1923 Motion Picture News, and the 26 Jan 1924 Exhibitors Herald, the release date of 18 Nov 1923 was repeatedly delayed before its official opening on 17 Feb ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Beast, the 20 Oct 1923 Camera reported. Frederick Peters was on the set in Quincy, CA, to play "the brute heavy," but he is not listed in credits. The production was scheduled to stay in Quincy for three weeks.
       According to items in the 17 Nov 1923 Exhibitors Trade Review, the 1 Dec 1923 Motion Picture News, and the 26 Jan 1924 Exhibitors Herald, the release date of 18 Nov 1923 was repeatedly delayed before its official opening on 17 Feb 1924. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera!
20 Oct 1923
p. 13.
Exhibitors Herald
26 Jan 1924
p. 58.
Exhibitors Trade Review
17 Nov 1923
p. 1157.
Motion Picture News
1 Dec 1923
p. 2555.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Beast
Release Date:
17 February 1924
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
17 January 1924
Copyright Number:
LP19869
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,145
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Convinced by his own brother that he has killed his fiancée's brother while drunk, Gerald Stanley, a gentleman when sober and a beast when drunk, leaves England for Canada to avoid incrimination. There he does not drink until news arrives that his brother has married Beatrice, his former fiancée. In his desperation, he kidnaps Elizabeth Gordon, a tourist, and takes her to his shack. Pursued by Elizabeth's father, Gerald attempts to escape with her by canoe. Caught in rapids, the canoe overturns; Gerald saves Elizabeth from drowning and asks her forgiveness. Finally, exonerated of the murder of Beatrice's brother and saved by Elizabeth from being lynched, he faces a happy future together with ... +


Convinced by his own brother that he has killed his fiancée's brother while drunk, Gerald Stanley, a gentleman when sober and a beast when drunk, leaves England for Canada to avoid incrimination. There he does not drink until news arrives that his brother has married Beatrice, his former fiancée. In his desperation, he kidnaps Elizabeth Gordon, a tourist, and takes her to his shack. Pursued by Elizabeth's father, Gerald attempts to escape with her by canoe. Caught in rapids, the canoe overturns; Gerald saves Elizabeth from drowning and asks her forgiveness. Finally, exonerated of the murder of Beatrice's brother and saved by Elizabeth from being lynched, he faces a happy future together with her. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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