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This was the first Blue Ribbon Feature. It opened in New York at the Vitagraph Theatre on 7 Mar 1915. The film was re-released in Feb 1920 by the Vitagraph Co. of America, in a version edited by Mr. and Mrs. Geroge Randolph Chester. The 1920 version was copyrighted by Vitagraph Co. of America; 6 Feb 1920; LP14723. The train wreck scene reportedly cost $25,000 to stage. According to the 1921 MPSD , William S. Adams worked as a cinematographer on this production. It is possible that he shot additional footage for the re-release ... More Less

This was the first Blue Ribbon Feature. It opened in New York at the Vitagraph Theatre on 7 Mar 1915. The film was re-released in Feb 1920 by the Vitagraph Co. of America, in a version edited by Mr. and Mrs. Geroge Randolph Chester. The 1920 version was copyrighted by Vitagraph Co. of America; 6 Feb 1920; LP14723. The train wreck scene reportedly cost $25,000 to stage. According to the 1921 MPSD , William S. Adams worked as a cinematographer on this production. It is possible that he shot additional footage for the re-release version. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
17 Apr 15
p. 611.
Motog
8 May 15
p. 745, 766
MPM
1 Apr 15
p. 64.
MPN
25 Sep 15
p. 2194.
MPN
27 Mar 15
p. 14, 53, 59
MPW
13 Mar 15
p. 1591.
MPW
20 Mar 15
p. 1771.
MPW
1 May 15
p. 810.
NYDM
17 Mar 15
p. 28.
Variety
12 Mar 15
p. 23.
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 April 1915
Copyright Claimant:
The Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
29 March 1915
Copyright Number:
LP4888
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Phillip Hardin, a railroad magnate's dissipated son, and John Ballard, whose parents died in a railroad crossing accident, become friends in college. After John saves Phil during a brawl by breaking a chair over Phil's attacker, Red Curley, Phil and John, believing Curley dead, vow to keep silent. Viola Ruskin, who loves John, is persuaded by her mother to marry Phil for his money. Years later, John, now the district attorney, attempts to convince Phil, a railroad president, to improve the railroad's deteriorating condition, which has caused many fatal accidents. Pressure from a stock manipulating syndicate that controls the railroad leads Phil to threaten to reveal John's murder. After Phil's daughter Louise learns that Curley's death was not caused by John, they fall in love. Later, Louise, on an errand for Phil, travels by train over a bridge that Phil learns is unsafe. He rushes to halt the train but sees it fall into the river and dies of heart failure. John places the fatally wounded Louise next to Phil's ... +


Phillip Hardin, a railroad magnate's dissipated son, and John Ballard, whose parents died in a railroad crossing accident, become friends in college. After John saves Phil during a brawl by breaking a chair over Phil's attacker, Red Curley, Phil and John, believing Curley dead, vow to keep silent. Viola Ruskin, who loves John, is persuaded by her mother to marry Phil for his money. Years later, John, now the district attorney, attempts to convince Phil, a railroad president, to improve the railroad's deteriorating condition, which has caused many fatal accidents. Pressure from a stock manipulating syndicate that controls the railroad leads Phil to threaten to reveal John's murder. After Phil's daughter Louise learns that Curley's death was not caused by John, they fall in love. Later, Louise, on an errand for Phil, travels by train over a bridge that Phil learns is unsafe. He rushes to halt the train but sees it fall into the river and dies of heart failure. John places the fatally wounded Louise next to Phil's body. +

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

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The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.