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Sources conflict concerning the author of the original work as well as the scenarist. According to an ad for the film, Nixola Daniels was the scenarist. According to reviews and the copyright descriptions, director Will S. Davis also wrote the scenario. One review called Bernard Chapin the author of the piece. Another review said that the scenario was based on the novel Labor by Émile ... More Less

Sources conflict concerning the author of the original work as well as the scenarist. According to an ad for the film, Nixola Daniels was the scenarist. According to reviews and the copyright descriptions, director Will S. Davis also wrote the scenario. One review called Bernard Chapin the author of the piece. Another review said that the scenario was based on the novel Labor by Émile Zola. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
15 Jan 16
p. 135.
MPN
1 Jan 16
pp. 28-29.
MPN
8 Jan 16
p. 98.
MPW
11 Sep 15
pp. 8-9.
Variety
31 Dec 15
p. 24.
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 December 1915
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
26 December 1915
Copyright Number:
LP7296
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When John Froment III, a college student known as "Jack," learns that his father, a wealthy mill owner, has married the temptress Ferdinande Martin, he warns his father, but Ferdinande claims that she earlier refused Jack's proposal, and Froment disregards the warning. After Froment complains about Ferdinande's extravagances, she convinces his manager, Deleveau, who desires her, to reduce the workers' wages. A strike is called, which to Ferdinande's delight, worsens Froment's serious heart condition. After Dave Walker, a worker who abuses his wife Josine, is wounded during a riot, Jack befriends Josine and urges his father to settle. When Ferdinande accuses Jack of trying to ravish her, Froment orders Jack out, and decides to change his will to favor Ferdinande, but Froment's invalid grandfather sees Ferdinande try to poison Froment, and warns him. After Froment sees Ferdinande embracing Deleveau, he locks the original will away, and dies. Later, Ferdinande convinces Walker that Jack is involved with Josine. Walker then rapes Ferdinande and attacks Jack. After escaping to the Froment mansion, he dies with Ferdinande as it burns. Jack marries Josine, and the community ... +


When John Froment III, a college student known as "Jack," learns that his father, a wealthy mill owner, has married the temptress Ferdinande Martin, he warns his father, but Ferdinande claims that she earlier refused Jack's proposal, and Froment disregards the warning. After Froment complains about Ferdinande's extravagances, she convinces his manager, Deleveau, who desires her, to reduce the workers' wages. A strike is called, which to Ferdinande's delight, worsens Froment's serious heart condition. After Dave Walker, a worker who abuses his wife Josine, is wounded during a riot, Jack befriends Josine and urges his father to settle. When Ferdinande accuses Jack of trying to ravish her, Froment orders Jack out, and decides to change his will to favor Ferdinande, but Froment's invalid grandfather sees Ferdinande try to poison Froment, and warns him. After Froment sees Ferdinande embracing Deleveau, he locks the original will away, and dies. Later, Ferdinande convinces Walker that Jack is involved with Josine. Walker then rapes Ferdinande and attacks Jack. After escaping to the Froment mansion, he dies with Ferdinande as it burns. Jack marries Josine, and the community thrives. +

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

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