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Modern sources credit C. Gardner Sullivan for the scenario to this film. One modern source states that Tod Browning co-wrote this ... More Less

Modern sources credit C. Gardner Sullivan for the scenario to this film. One modern source states that Tod Browning co-wrote this film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
29 Jul 16
p. 271.
MPN
22 Jul 16
p. 455.
MPW
22 Jul 16
p. 649.
MPW
12 May 16
p. 19.
NYDM
15 Jul 16
p. 30.
Variety
28 Jul 16
p. 24.
Wid's
13 Jul 16
p. 709.
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 July 1916
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

With the public's taste for the classics virtually having vanished, aging Shakespearean actor H. Ulysses Watts has been reduced to traveling with a vaudeville company. He develops a father-daughter relationship with the troupe's trapeze artist, and then, after Stoner, the manager, runs off with the company's funds, Ulysses takes the young woman to a town where a Shakespeare revival is in the works. To avoid gossip, they pretend that they really are father and daughter, but just when the trapeze artist is preparing to marry a hotel proprietor, Stoner comes to town and threatens to reveal the truth about them. Ulysses himself tells the truth to the groom, who insists that the ceremony go on, after which Stoner shoots the old actor. Always a professional, Ulysses recites the death scene from Julius Caesar to the guests at the wedding, and then manages to give away the bride before he ... +


With the public's taste for the classics virtually having vanished, aging Shakespearean actor H. Ulysses Watts has been reduced to traveling with a vaudeville company. He develops a father-daughter relationship with the troupe's trapeze artist, and then, after Stoner, the manager, runs off with the company's funds, Ulysses takes the young woman to a town where a Shakespeare revival is in the works. To avoid gossip, they pretend that they really are father and daughter, but just when the trapeze artist is preparing to marry a hotel proprietor, Stoner comes to town and threatens to reveal the truth about them. Ulysses himself tells the truth to the groom, who insists that the ceremony go on, after which Stoner shoots the old actor. Always a professional, Ulysses recites the death scene from Julius Caesar to the guests at the wedding, and then manages to give away the bride before he dies. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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