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SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
8 Jul 16
pp. 99-100.
MPN
8 Jul 16
pp. 104-05.
MPW
8 Jul 16
p. 262, 308
NYDM
8 Jul 16
p. 30.
Variety
7 Jul 16
p. 24.
Wid's
29 Jun 16
p. 680.
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 June 1916
Copyright Claimant:
J. C. Ivers
Copyright Date:
7 June 1916
Copyright Number:
LP8492
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During a fire on an ocean liner, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Ellsworth, a prosperous American couple returning from Newfoundland, are separated from their infant daughter. After the baby is found in a lifeboat by Cleave, a fisherman, he and his childless wife attempt to locate the parents, but when the attempt proves unsuccessful, they rear the girl themselves and name her Ruth. Twenty years later, when Mrs. Cleave, now a widow and charwoman to wealthy American artist Paul Keith, falls ill, Ruth, who has been discharged from a sweatshop, takes her place. Meanwhile, Keith is searching for a model who captures the American soul to pose in an international beauty competition sponsored by dissolute Herbert Lorrimer. He persuades Ruth to model, and although Keith's painting, The American Beauty wins, Ruth's Canadian nationality is discovered and the painting is disqualified. After Lorrimer lures Ruth to his apartment and drugs her, Keith saves her from rape. Thinking herself inferior socially, Ruth declines Keith's proposal, but because of the painting's controversy, Ruth's parents learn of her existence, and at the end, Ruth asks Keith if she would make a model ... +


During a fire on an ocean liner, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Ellsworth, a prosperous American couple returning from Newfoundland, are separated from their infant daughter. After the baby is found in a lifeboat by Cleave, a fisherman, he and his childless wife attempt to locate the parents, but when the attempt proves unsuccessful, they rear the girl themselves and name her Ruth. Twenty years later, when Mrs. Cleave, now a widow and charwoman to wealthy American artist Paul Keith, falls ill, Ruth, who has been discharged from a sweatshop, takes her place. Meanwhile, Keith is searching for a model who captures the American soul to pose in an international beauty competition sponsored by dissolute Herbert Lorrimer. He persuades Ruth to model, and although Keith's painting, The American Beauty wins, Ruth's Canadian nationality is discovered and the painting is disqualified. After Lorrimer lures Ruth to his apartment and drugs her, Keith saves her from rape. Thinking herself inferior socially, Ruth declines Keith's proposal, but because of the painting's controversy, Ruth's parents learn of her existence, and at the end, Ruth asks Keith if she would make a model wife. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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