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The working title of the film was The Single Standard. Contemporary sources conflict about the distribution company. Modern sources list James Smith and Rose Richtel as film editors. Griffith re-made the film in 1928 (see entry). The 1929 film The Single Standard is unrelated to either Griffith film.
       According to the 9 May 1928 Var, the picture was one of the earliest five-reel features to be released. Production costs reportedly totaled $2,500, with net profits listed as ... More Less

The working title of the film was The Single Standard. Contemporary sources conflict about the distribution company. Modern sources list James Smith and Rose Richtel as film editors. Griffith re-made the film in 1928 (see entry). The 1929 film The Single Standard is unrelated to either Griffith film.
       According to the 9 May 1928 Var, the picture was one of the earliest five-reel features to be released. Production costs reportedly totaled $2,500, with net profits listed as $400,000. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
30 May 1914
pp. 370-71.
Moving Picture News
9 Jan 1915
p. 17.
Moving Picture News
31 Jul 1915
p. 46.
NYDM
15 Apr 1914
p. 50.
Variety
17 Apr 1914
p. 21.
Variety
9 May 1928
p. 48.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Single Standard
Release Date:
12 April 1914
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Frank Andrews, who is affluent, middle-aged, and a devoted family man, has his domestic bliss interrupted by Cleo, a sultry new neighbor. Cleo leaves her door ajar, enabling Frank to see her ankles, and later sets her apartment on fire with a cigarette, summoning him with cries for help. Seeing her in a negligee, Frank kisses Cleo passionately, thus beginning their clandestine affair. Gradually, Frank becomes less and less attentive to his business and family, preferring to spend time with Cleo and lavish gifts upon her. Mrs. Andrews is aware of the affair, but despite her broken heart, she does nothing. Their daughter Jane goes to Cleo, intent on killing her, but instead touches her heart, and the women devise a plan to stop the affair. When Andrews next comes to Cleo's apartment, he finds her former lover attempting to seduce Jane. Andrews reproaches his daughter, who then points out the hypocrisy of his reprimand. Realizing his mistakes, Andrews reconciles himself to his family, after which Cleo vacates her ... +


Frank Andrews, who is affluent, middle-aged, and a devoted family man, has his domestic bliss interrupted by Cleo, a sultry new neighbor. Cleo leaves her door ajar, enabling Frank to see her ankles, and later sets her apartment on fire with a cigarette, summoning him with cries for help. Seeing her in a negligee, Frank kisses Cleo passionately, thus beginning their clandestine affair. Gradually, Frank becomes less and less attentive to his business and family, preferring to spend time with Cleo and lavish gifts upon her. Mrs. Andrews is aware of the affair, but despite her broken heart, she does nothing. Their daughter Jane goes to Cleo, intent on killing her, but instead touches her heart, and the women devise a plan to stop the affair. When Andrews next comes to Cleo's apartment, he finds her former lover attempting to seduce Jane. Andrews reproaches his daughter, who then points out the hypocrisy of his reprimand. Realizing his mistakes, Andrews reconciles himself to his family, after which Cleo vacates her apartment. +

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