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HISTORY

This was the first film of Edna May, a musical comedy star who had been absent from the New York stage for the decade previous to this production. May's earlier success in the role of a Salvation Army worker in the Broadway play The Belle of New York , led to the creation of this film for her. May's salary, which one news item mentioned was $100,000, was to be donated to the Red Cross Fund to aid war sufferers, according to another news item. The film opened at the Fulton Theatre in New York on 9 Apr 1916, where Vitagraph head J. Stuart Blackton introduced Edna May to the ... More Less

This was the first film of Edna May, a musical comedy star who had been absent from the New York stage for the decade previous to this production. May's earlier success in the role of a Salvation Army worker in the Broadway play The Belle of New York , led to the creation of this film for her. May's salary, which one news item mentioned was $100,000, was to be donated to the Red Cross Fund to aid war sufferers, according to another news item. The film opened at the Fulton Theatre in New York on 9 Apr 1916, where Vitagraph head J. Stuart Blackton introduced Edna May to the audience. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
22 Apr 16
p. 940.
MPN
22 Apr 16
p. 2368.
MPW
22 Apr 16
p. 637, 698
New York Times
10 Apr 16
p. 11.
NYDM
8 Apr 16
p. 29.
NYDM
8 Apr 16
p. 23.
NYDM
15 Apr 16
p. 28.
Variety
7 Apr 16
p. 21.
Wid's
13 Apr 16
p. 507.
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 April 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
22 March 1916
Copyright Number:
LP7903
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When socialite Joan Crawford tires of her shallow, upper-crust friends, she joins the Salvation Army and devotes herself to bettering slum conditions. She still maintains her high society contacts, however, and, in fact, is engaged to the wealthy Philip Ralston. Something about Philip makes Joan uneasy, though, and as a result she calls off the wedding, after which she becomes more and more attracted to Bill, a member of a slum gang. She hopes to bring out Bill's better qualities, but then discovers that he has only been posing as a criminal. In reality, he is John Hilton of the Secret Service, and he has found out that Philip is working as a spy for a foreign government, thereby confirming Joan's suspicions about her former fiancé. When Philip tries to escape from the authorities, John kills him, after which he begins in earnest his romance with ... +


When socialite Joan Crawford tires of her shallow, upper-crust friends, she joins the Salvation Army and devotes herself to bettering slum conditions. She still maintains her high society contacts, however, and, in fact, is engaged to the wealthy Philip Ralston. Something about Philip makes Joan uneasy, though, and as a result she calls off the wedding, after which she becomes more and more attracted to Bill, a member of a slum gang. She hopes to bring out Bill's better qualities, but then discovers that he has only been posing as a criminal. In reality, he is John Hilton of the Secret Service, and he has found out that Philip is working as a spy for a foreign government, thereby confirming Joan's suspicions about her former fiancé. When Philip tries to escape from the authorities, John kills him, after which he begins in earnest his romance with Joan. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Espionage


Subject

Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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