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The film was also known as Scandal . Slander was copyrighted at six reels but most reviews list its length at five ... More Less

The film was also known as Scandal . Slander was copyrighted at six reels but most reviews list its length at five reels. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPN
22 Apr 16
p. 2382.
MPW
29 Apr 16
p. 818.
New York Times
10 Apr 16
p. 11.
Variety
15 May 16
p. 7.
Wid's
13 Apr 16
p. 504.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Scandal
Release Date:
9 April 1916
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
9 April 1916
Copyright Number:
LP8042
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Richard Tremaine falls in love with Helene, he decides to ruin her marriage, so he convinces her husband, John Blair, that she is cheating on him. John insists on a divorce, after which a confused Helene consents to marry Richard. Before the wedding, however, she learns that he already has a wife, and also that it was he who wrecked her marriage. To gain revenge, she makes Richard's son Joseph fall in love with her. Helene, Richard and Joseph then meet, and while Richard threatens to commit suicide, his gun accidentally goes off, killing Joseph. In court, Helene completes her revenge by testifying against Richard, but just before he is to be executed, she recants and reveals that the murder was accidental. She then is reconciled with John, who has learned from her testimony that Richard fabricated the story of Helene's ... +


When Richard Tremaine falls in love with Helene, he decides to ruin her marriage, so he convinces her husband, John Blair, that she is cheating on him. John insists on a divorce, after which a confused Helene consents to marry Richard. Before the wedding, however, she learns that he already has a wife, and also that it was he who wrecked her marriage. To gain revenge, she makes Richard's son Joseph fall in love with her. Helene, Richard and Joseph then meet, and while Richard threatens to commit suicide, his gun accidentally goes off, killing Joseph. In court, Helene completes her revenge by testifying against Richard, but just before he is to be executed, she recants and reveals that the murder was accidental. She then is reconciled with John, who has learned from her testimony that Richard fabricated the story of Helene's infidelity. +

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

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