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Elaine Sterne won the Vitagraph New York Evening Sun scenario contest with the scenario for this film. She was awarded $1,000. Some 3,500 people submitted scenarios for the contest. Sterne also won a contest to write the scenario for the film Without Hope (see below). Lucille Lee, also known as Lucille Lee Stewart, was Anita Stewart's sister. This film opened at the Vitagraph Theatre on 27 Dec 1914. V-L-S-E, Inc. released it nationwide on 14 Jun 1915. The film was re-released by Vitagraph in Dec 1919 in a version edited by Mr. and Mrs. George Randolph Chester. For this version, Elaine Sterne is credited with the story, and Donald I. Buchanan is credited with the scenario. Mrs. Raymond's first name is "Trixie" in this version, and her daughter's name is "Ruth." The daughter does not die in the end, as she does in the 1915 version. After her confession to Norris, his love helps her overcome her passion for gambling. When her friend Alice invites them to go slumming, Norris refuses to go, but insists that Ruth go. After Alice takes her to a gambling resort, Ruth demonstrates that she no longer wants to gamble. Norris then confesses that he was testing her. The re-release was copyrighted by the Vitagraph Co. of America; 19 Dec 1919; ... More Less

Elaine Sterne won the Vitagraph New York Evening Sun scenario contest with the scenario for this film. She was awarded $1,000. Some 3,500 people submitted scenarios for the contest. Sterne also won a contest to write the scenario for the film Without Hope (see below). Lucille Lee, also known as Lucille Lee Stewart, was Anita Stewart's sister. This film opened at the Vitagraph Theatre on 27 Dec 1914. V-L-S-E, Inc. released it nationwide on 14 Jun 1915. The film was re-released by Vitagraph in Dec 1919 in a version edited by Mr. and Mrs. George Randolph Chester. For this version, Elaine Sterne is credited with the story, and Donald I. Buchanan is credited with the scenario. Mrs. Raymond's first name is "Trixie" in this version, and her daughter's name is "Ruth." The daughter does not die in the end, as she does in the 1915 version. After her confession to Norris, his love helps her overcome her passion for gambling. When her friend Alice invites them to go slumming, Norris refuses to go, but insists that Ruth go. After Alice takes her to a gambling resort, Ruth demonstrates that she no longer wants to gamble. Norris then confesses that he was testing her. The re-release was copyrighted by the Vitagraph Co. of America; 19 Dec 1919; LU14549. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
19 Jun 15
p. 1035.
Motog
26 Jun 15
p. 1051.
MPN
16 Jan 15
p. 46.
MPW
9 Jan 15
p. 195.
MPW
3 Jul 15
p. 146.
NYDM
6 Jan 15
p. 26.
Variety
1 Jan 15
p. 29.
VLP
Jan 15
p. 26.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Blue Ribbon Feature
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 June 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
5 January 1915
Copyright Number:
LP4121
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Because Mrs. Raymond's husband commits suicide after suffering financial ruin due to her heavy gambling debts and she notices that her daughter Trixie shows a tendency for gambling, she sends Trixie to be educated in a convent. Years later, when Trixie desires to become a nun, her mother induces her to leave the convent and experience society life for a year. Trixie soon develops her taste for gambling and incurs heavy debts. Norris Graham, her childhood sweetheart, pays the debts and marries her. Trixie promises to stop, but she soon loses her servant Dovey's money at the track and pawns a necklace to repay more debts. After Dovey is arrested for stealing the necklace, Norris makes Trixie confess. Mrs. Raymond sells her secretly owned gambling establishment to Anatole De Voie and takes Trixie on a trip. When she returns, Trixie loses more money at De Voie's, and when Norris, now the district attorney, raids the establishment, Trixie is accidentally shot and killed. Her staring skull haunts her ... +


Because Mrs. Raymond's husband commits suicide after suffering financial ruin due to her heavy gambling debts and she notices that her daughter Trixie shows a tendency for gambling, she sends Trixie to be educated in a convent. Years later, when Trixie desires to become a nun, her mother induces her to leave the convent and experience society life for a year. Trixie soon develops her taste for gambling and incurs heavy debts. Norris Graham, her childhood sweetheart, pays the debts and marries her. Trixie promises to stop, but she soon loses her servant Dovey's money at the track and pawns a necklace to repay more debts. After Dovey is arrested for stealing the necklace, Norris makes Trixie confess. Mrs. Raymond sells her secretly owned gambling establishment to Anatole De Voie and takes Trixie on a trip. When she returns, Trixie loses more money at De Voie's, and when Norris, now the district attorney, raids the establishment, Trixie is accidentally shot and killed. Her staring skull haunts her mother. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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