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Ads for the film call it a five-reeler, but many contemporary reviews give its length as six reels. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
29 Jul 16
p. 267.
MPN
29 Jul 16
pp. 625-26.
MPW
22 Jul 16
p. 692.
MPW
7 Oct 16
p. 28.
NYDM
22 Jul 16
p. 24.
Variety
21 Jul 16
p. 22.
Wid's
17 Aug 16
pp. 795-96.
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 July 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
13 July 1916
Copyright Number:
LP8692
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In an exclusive New York men's club, veteran member Van Allen tells Beauty Smythe, who is having an affair with another man's wife, that "the wages of sin are death." He proceeds to recount the tale of his nephew, Teddy Steele, who went to Cuba and, although already married, toyed with the affections of an innocent girl named Chonita Alvarado. During their idyllic romance, she discovers that Steele is deathly afraid of tarantulas. Steele returns to his family in the United States and a now pregnant Chonita is driven from her father's house. She lives in poverty with her aunt and, after her baby dies, circumstances force her to become a dancer in a sleazy night club in Havana, a job that eventually leads to an engagement in New York in a Broadway show. Steele comes to one of her shows brimming with romantic intentions, but Chonita's heart is filled with revenge. She gives Steele a jeweled box, and, when he passes out in an alcoholic stupor, a spider inside escapes from the box and kills him. Chonita returns to Havana, marries her faithful suitor Pedro, and is forgiven by ... +


In an exclusive New York men's club, veteran member Van Allen tells Beauty Smythe, who is having an affair with another man's wife, that "the wages of sin are death." He proceeds to recount the tale of his nephew, Teddy Steele, who went to Cuba and, although already married, toyed with the affections of an innocent girl named Chonita Alvarado. During their idyllic romance, she discovers that Steele is deathly afraid of tarantulas. Steele returns to his family in the United States and a now pregnant Chonita is driven from her father's house. She lives in poverty with her aunt and, after her baby dies, circumstances force her to become a dancer in a sleazy night club in Havana, a job that eventually leads to an engagement in New York in a Broadway show. Steele comes to one of her shows brimming with romantic intentions, but Chonita's heart is filled with revenge. She gives Steele a jeweled box, and, when he passes out in an alcoholic stupor, a spider inside escapes from the box and kills him. Chonita returns to Havana, marries her faithful suitor Pedro, and is forgiven by everyone. +

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

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