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This was the first film of Edna Goodrich, an American actress who spent the previous year as a nurse in hospitals in England and Belgium, and allowed her home near London to be transformed into a hospital for convalescent soldiers. The original title of Margaret Turnbull's screenplay was The Bargain ... More Less

This was the first film of Edna Goodrich, an American actress who spent the previous year as a nurse in hospitals in England and Belgium, and allowed her home near London to be transformed into a hospital for convalescent soldiers. The original title of Margaret Turnbull's screenplay was The Bargain . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
11 Dec 15
p. 1262.
MPN
4 Dec 15
p. 88.
MPW
27 Nov 15
p. 1730, 1732
MPW
25 Dec 14
p. 42.
NYDM
4 Dec 15
p. 28.
Variety
3 Dec 15
p. 21.
Wid's
2 Dec 1915.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
18 November 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
29 October 1915
Copyright Number:
LU6805
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Harvey Arnold, a gambler who flees San Francisco for a small country town during a reform movement, captures the affections of May Fielding. She marries and elopes with Harvey, despite the pleas of her childhood sweetheart, David Armstrong, who leaves brokenhearted for the Canadian Northwest. In the city, when May discovers Arnold's occupation, he promises to quit, but after his partner, Jack Estabrook, arranges a police raid so that he can have May, Arnold kills him. When Arnold flees, May learns that he is still married to another woman. After May loses a job as a model for rejecting the advances of a buyer, David, who learns from a newspaper of Arnold's crime, arrives and persuades May, who says that she is through with marriage and men, to return to his homestead as his wife "in name only." Later, Arnold finds the couple and May protects him from the mounted police. Arnold demands to take May back, and wounds David. As May threatens suicide, the police arrive and kill the fleeing Arnold. May's concern over David's wound turns into love for ... +


Harvey Arnold, a gambler who flees San Francisco for a small country town during a reform movement, captures the affections of May Fielding. She marries and elopes with Harvey, despite the pleas of her childhood sweetheart, David Armstrong, who leaves brokenhearted for the Canadian Northwest. In the city, when May discovers Arnold's occupation, he promises to quit, but after his partner, Jack Estabrook, arranges a police raid so that he can have May, Arnold kills him. When Arnold flees, May learns that he is still married to another woman. After May loses a job as a model for rejecting the advances of a buyer, David, who learns from a newspaper of Arnold's crime, arrives and persuades May, who says that she is through with marriage and men, to return to his homestead as his wife "in name only." Later, Arnold finds the couple and May protects him from the mounted police. Arnold demands to take May back, and wounds David. As May threatens suicide, the police arrive and kill the fleeing Arnold. May's concern over David's wound turns into love for him. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Northwest


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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