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The 1 Nov 1916 Var announced the recent purchase of the Helen Baeré story, Her Higher Destiny, by William A. Brady of World Film Corp. The $1,000 purchase was brokered through Roehm & Richards, Inc. Filming was nearing completion on 20 Jan 1917, as stated in that day’s Motography.
       The picture opened 26 Mar 1917 under its official title, As Man Made Her, to generally positive reviews. The 10 Mar 1917 Var described the plot as an updated version of the 1901 tragedy, Francesca da Rimini by Gabriele D’Annunzio, but with a happy ending.
       In a letter to the 12 May 1917 Motography, exhibitor Harry Miller of Chicago, IL, stated that local censors had issued a “pink slip” for the picture, limiting attendance to adults only. Miller argued that the story’s “great moral lesson” deserved a general audience. A report from Australia in the 28 Jul 1917 Moving Picture World revealed that film was one of forty-four imported releases that was under consideration for ... More Less

The 1 Nov 1916 Var announced the recent purchase of the Helen Baeré story, Her Higher Destiny, by William A. Brady of World Film Corp. The $1,000 purchase was brokered through Roehm & Richards, Inc. Filming was nearing completion on 20 Jan 1917, as stated in that day’s Motography.
       The picture opened 26 Mar 1917 under its official title, As Man Made Her, to generally positive reviews. The 10 Mar 1917 Var described the plot as an updated version of the 1901 tragedy, Francesca da Rimini by Gabriele D’Annunzio, but with a happy ending.
       In a letter to the 12 May 1917 Motography, exhibitor Harry Miller of Chicago, IL, stated that local censors had issued a “pink slip” for the picture, limiting attendance to adults only. Miller argued that the story’s “great moral lesson” deserved a general audience. A report from Australia in the 28 Jul 1917 Moving Picture World revealed that film was one of forty-four imported releases that was under consideration for censorship.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
31 Mar 1917
p. 1181
Motion Picture
Aug 1917
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Motion Picture News
7 Apr 1917
p. 2190
Motography
20 Jan 1917
p. 134
Motography
17 Mar 1917
p. 580
Motography
31 Mar 1917
p. 699
Motography
24 Mar 1917
pp. 639-640
Motography
12 May 1917
p. 977
Moving Picture World
31 Mar 1917
p. 2122, 2160
Moving Picture World
28 Jul 1917
p. 635
New York Clipper
1 Nov 1916
p. 5
NYDM
1 Dec 1917
p. 1384
Variety
17 Nov 1916
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Variety
10 Mar 1917
p. 35
Wid's Daily
15 Mar 1917
pp. 174-175
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Alternate Title:
Her Higher Destiny
Release Date:
26 March 1917
Production Date:
ended late January 1917
Copyright Claimant:
World Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
13 March 1917
Copyright Number:
LU10357
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Upon graduating from finishing school, Claire Wilson falls into the hands of wealthy rake Mason Forbes. After installing her as his mistress, Mason abandons Claire to marry socialite Grace Hughes. Out of revenge, Grace marries Harold, Mason's younger brother and the two couples live together under one roof. Mason tires of his wife and begs Claire to leave her husband, but she is pregnant and refuses. An indifferent mother, Claire entrusts her child to a nurse while she spends her time with Mason in cabarets. When Claire and Harold are reconciled after the near fatal illness of their child, Mason, furious, divulges Claire's sordid past to his brother. Although overwhelmed by the revelation, Harold forgives Claire and Mason, rejected, turns to ... +


Upon graduating from finishing school, Claire Wilson falls into the hands of wealthy rake Mason Forbes. After installing her as his mistress, Mason abandons Claire to marry socialite Grace Hughes. Out of revenge, Grace marries Harold, Mason's younger brother and the two couples live together under one roof. Mason tires of his wife and begs Claire to leave her husband, but she is pregnant and refuses. An indifferent mother, Claire entrusts her child to a nurse while she spends her time with Mason in cabarets. When Claire and Harold are reconciled after the near fatal illness of their child, Mason, furious, divulges Claire's sordid past to his brother. Although overwhelmed by the revelation, Harold forgives Claire and Mason, rejected, turns to alcohol. +

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