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The source for this film may have been a published story by Danforth rather than an original screen story, but its exact origin is unknown. According to a news item, the film was shot in one of the few Shaker villages remaining in the United ... More Less

The source for this film may have been a published story by Danforth rather than an original screen story, but its exact origin is unknown. According to a news item, the film was shot in one of the few Shaker villages remaining in the United States. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
25 Nov 16
p. 1197.
MPN
11 Nov 16
p. 3017.
MPW
11 Nov 16
p. 914.
MPW
15 Apr 16
p. 30.
NYDM
30 Sep 16
p. 27.
NYDM
4 Nov 16
p. 27.
Variety
3 Nov 16
p. 28.
Wid's
9 Nov 16
p. 1094.
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 October 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
31 October 1916
Copyright Number:
LP9433
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Evelyn and her sweetheart William Bard horrify their Shaker community, which does not believe in marriage or in the perpetuity of the race, by wanting to get married. As a result, the Shakers drive William out of town, but not before Evelyn gives birth to a daughter named Eve. Evelyn soon dies, and after the Shakers inform William that Eve has died also, even though she is actually still living among them, he vows revenge on the entire community. Years later, now a wealthy businessman and determined to ruin the Shakers financially, William changes his name and returns to the community with his adopted son Rodney. Rodney meets Eve and they fall in love, but William remains relentless in his desire to destroy the community. Just as he is about to succeed, however, he finds out that Eve is really his daughter. His attitude softens instantly, and he finally approves of Rodney's romance with Eve, while also deciding to build a new and better home for the ... +


Evelyn and her sweetheart William Bard horrify their Shaker community, which does not believe in marriage or in the perpetuity of the race, by wanting to get married. As a result, the Shakers drive William out of town, but not before Evelyn gives birth to a daughter named Eve. Evelyn soon dies, and after the Shakers inform William that Eve has died also, even though she is actually still living among them, he vows revenge on the entire community. Years later, now a wealthy businessman and determined to ruin the Shakers financially, William changes his name and returns to the community with his adopted son Rodney. Rodney meets Eve and they fall in love, but William remains relentless in his desire to destroy the community. Just as he is about to succeed, however, he finds out that Eve is really his daughter. His attitude softens instantly, and he finally approves of Rodney's romance with Eve, while also deciding to build a new and better home for the Shakers. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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