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The film was shot at the Balboa studios in Long Beach, CA and the surrounding area. According to a 28 Nov 1928 MPW article, the film was loosely inspired by the Steele MacKaye play Hazel Kirke (New York, 4 Feb 1880), though the plot of the film does not have a strong resemblance to the play. The play was the basis for a 1916 Wharton, Inc. production Hazel Kirke , which starred Pearl White (see entry). The plot of the 1916 film bears little resemblance to The Will O' the Wisp . ... More Less

The film was shot at the Balboa studios in Long Beach, CA and the surrounding area. According to a 28 Nov 1928 MPW article, the film was loosely inspired by the Steele MacKaye play Hazel Kirke (New York, 4 Feb 1880), though the plot of the film does not have a strong resemblance to the play. The play was the basis for a 1916 Wharton, Inc. production Hazel Kirke , which starred Pearl White (see entry). The plot of the 1916 film bears little resemblance to The Will O' the Wisp . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPN
11 Jul 1914
p. 66.
MPW
4 Jul 1914
p. 77.
MPW
18 Jul 1914
p. 484.
MPW
28 Nov 1914
p. 1249.
MPW
27 May 1916
p. 1494.
DETAILS
Release Date:
July 1914
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Julia Rider breaks her engagement to Larry Thorn after Larry has participated in a duel with one of his rivals for her affection. He goes to the wilderness and changes his clothes with a tramp, then builds a hut. There he meets Hazel, known as Will o' the Wisp, whose life he saves. A villain buys Hazel from her father, telling him that he intends to marry her, but Larry saves her from this fate as well. In a rampaging flood Larry tries to save both Hazel and the villain, but the villain ... +


Julia Rider breaks her engagement to Larry Thorn after Larry has participated in a duel with one of his rivals for her affection. He goes to the wilderness and changes his clothes with a tramp, then builds a hut. There he meets Hazel, known as Will o' the Wisp, whose life he saves. A villain buys Hazel from her father, telling him that he intends to marry her, but Larry saves her from this fate as well. In a rampaging flood Larry tries to save both Hazel and the villain, but the villain dies. +

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Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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