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The working title of this film was The Ghost of Fear ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Ghost of Fear . More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
20 Jan 1917
p. 492
Motion Picture
Mar 1917
p. 127
Motion Picture News
11 Nov 1916
p. 2983
Motion Picture News
27 Jan 1917
p. 591
Motion Picture News
3 Feb 1917
p. 765
Motion Picture News
30 Mar 1918
p. 1804
Motion Picture News
12 Oct 1918
p. 2381
Motography
11 Nov 1916
p. 1084
Motography
23 Dec 1916
p. 1392
Motography
27 Jan 1917
p. 208
Moving Picture World
27 Jan 1917
p. 540, 591
NYDM
3 Nov 1917
p. 758
Photoplay
Apr 1917
p. 82
Photo-Play Journal
Feb 1917
p. 33
Variety
12 Jan 1917
p. 24
Wid's Daily
18 Jan 1917
pp. 43-44
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Ghost of Fear
A Law Unto Herself
Release Date:
23 January 1917
Production Date:
November--December 1916
Copyright Claimant:
World Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
19 January 1917
Copyright Number:
LU10031
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After Vesta Wheatley, the daughter of an old country doctor, marries wealthy New York businessman John Randolph, Vesta's former suitor, Dick Mortimer, follows her to New York. When Vesta is left alone at her husband's hunting lodge because John has been summoned back to the city, Dick seizes the opportunity to rekindle their romance. As Vesta implores him to leave, gangster Skinny Morgan breaks into the lodge and kills Dick. Skinny insures Vesta's silence by insinuating that complications could occur if it transpired that Dick, presumably her lover, had been slain there. After sinking Dick's body in the lake, Skinny blackmails Vesta. Hunted by the police, he enters her New York home one night. Vesta discovers him in her bedroom, shoots and kills him, thus forever freeing herself from the bondage of ... +


After Vesta Wheatley, the daughter of an old country doctor, marries wealthy New York businessman John Randolph, Vesta's former suitor, Dick Mortimer, follows her to New York. When Vesta is left alone at her husband's hunting lodge because John has been summoned back to the city, Dick seizes the opportunity to rekindle their romance. As Vesta implores him to leave, gangster Skinny Morgan breaks into the lodge and kills Dick. Skinny insures Vesta's silence by insinuating that complications could occur if it transpired that Dick, presumably her lover, had been slain there. After sinking Dick's body in the lake, Skinny blackmails Vesta. Hunted by the police, he enters her New York home one night. Vesta discovers him in her bedroom, shoots and kills him, thus forever freeing herself from the bondage of fear. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Crime


Subject
Subject (Major):

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

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