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The 27 May 1916 Motion Picture News announced that principal photography started sometime during the previous week at Paragon Studios in the vicinity of Fort Lee, NJ. According to the 3 Jun 1916 issue, actor-filmmaker E. K. Lincoln had recently left independent production to join distributor World Film Corp. The Almighty Dollar marked his first project with Paragon Films, Inc., a subsidiary of World Pictures. The 10 Jun 1916 Motion Picture News reported that director Robert Thornby was injured while filming on location at a zinc mine in Franklyn, NJ. Thornby soon recovered and was expected to complete production within the next few days. The end of principal photography was confirmed in the 8 Jul 1916 Motography. Although Thornby was scheduled to begin another film immediately, the 29 Jul 1916 Motion Picture News stated that the director was taking a two-week vacation in Maine.
       The cast included actress Lillian Ward, as noted in the 21 Oct 1916 Motion Picture News. The 9 Jun 1916 Var mistakenly credited Maurice Tourneur as director.
       The Almight Dollar opened 4 Sep 1916 to generally positive critical notices. Reviews in the 2 Sep 1916 Motography and 9 Sep 1916 Moving Picture World noted that the scene depicting a fire aboard a New York City subway train was the first of its kind to be presented on the screen. The latter publication claimed that an actual train was ... More Less

The 27 May 1916 Motion Picture News announced that principal photography started sometime during the previous week at Paragon Studios in the vicinity of Fort Lee, NJ. According to the 3 Jun 1916 issue, actor-filmmaker E. K. Lincoln had recently left independent production to join distributor World Film Corp. The Almighty Dollar marked his first project with Paragon Films, Inc., a subsidiary of World Pictures. The 10 Jun 1916 Motion Picture News reported that director Robert Thornby was injured while filming on location at a zinc mine in Franklyn, NJ. Thornby soon recovered and was expected to complete production within the next few days. The end of principal photography was confirmed in the 8 Jul 1916 Motography. Although Thornby was scheduled to begin another film immediately, the 29 Jul 1916 Motion Picture News stated that the director was taking a two-week vacation in Maine.
       The cast included actress Lillian Ward, as noted in the 21 Oct 1916 Motion Picture News. The 9 Jun 1916 Var mistakenly credited Maurice Tourneur as director.
       The Almight Dollar opened 4 Sep 1916 to generally positive critical notices. Reviews in the 2 Sep 1916 Motography and 9 Sep 1916 Moving Picture World noted that the scene depicting a fire aboard a New York City subway train was the first of its kind to be presented on the screen. The latter publication claimed that an actual train was used.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
27 May 1916
p. 3240
Motion Picture News
3 Jun 1916
p. 3416
Motion Picture News
10 Jun 1916
p. 3564
Motion Picture News
29 Jul 1916
p. 392
Motion Picture News
21 Oct 1916
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Motography
8 Jul 1916
p. 84
Motography
2 Sep 1916
p. 563
Motography
7 Oct 1916
p. 848
Moving Picture World
9 Sep 1916
p. 1683, 1753-1754
Variety
9 Jun 1916
p. 24
Variety
25 Aug 1916
p. 24
Wid's Daily
25 Nov 1916
p. 1230, 1232
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 September 1916
Production Date:
mid May--mid June 1916
Copyright Claimant:
World Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
2 September 1916
Copyright Number:
LU9046
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Nan Lorimer promises her dying mother that she will protect her younger sister Masie, but the latter nonetheless falls prey to the unscrupulous Dr. Thornton and secretly meets him. One evening, Masie is rescued from a New York subway disaster by wealthy miner John Harwood, who courts and marries her. Although John deeply loves Masie, he neglects her for his work, and she eventually renews her friendship with Thornton, agreeing to visit his apartment. Thornton is attacking Masie when Nan arrives to save her, but just then John appears and demands to see his wife. To salvage Masie's marriage, Nan claims to be Thornton's sweetheart, whereupon John quietly departs. Nan's fiancé Allen, having overheard everything, thrashes Thornton and then embraces Masie's brave elder ... +


Nan Lorimer promises her dying mother that she will protect her younger sister Masie, but the latter nonetheless falls prey to the unscrupulous Dr. Thornton and secretly meets him. One evening, Masie is rescued from a New York subway disaster by wealthy miner John Harwood, who courts and marries her. Although John deeply loves Masie, he neglects her for his work, and she eventually renews her friendship with Thornton, agreeing to visit his apartment. Thornton is attacking Masie when Nan arrives to save her, but just then John appears and demands to see his wife. To salvage Masie's marriage, Nan claims to be Thornton's sweetheart, whereupon John quietly departs. Nan's fiancé Allen, having overheard everything, thrashes Thornton and then embraces Masie's brave elder sister. +

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