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Some sources give 17 Jul 1916 as the release date. One source reviewed the film under the title The Tortured Heart ... More Less

Some sources give 17 Jul 1916 as the release date. One source reviewed the film under the title The Tortured Heart . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
29 Jul 16
p. 267.
MPW
5 Aug 16
p. 942.
NYDM
22 Jul 16
p. 24.
Wid's
10 Aug 16
p. 778.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Tortured Heart
Release Date:
10 July 1916
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
16 July 1916
Copyright Number:
LP8716
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Fearing reprisals from her slanderous neighbors, Lucille Darrell, who has kept her marriage a secret from her Southern antebellum town, leaves Liza, her baby girl, on the doorstep of the Reverend Joseph Lorimore, then contemplates suicide by drowning. At the river, however, Lucille encounters another pitiful, suicidal woman whose subsequent violent death fills her with the desire to live. When the townspeople mistakenly conclude that the drowned woman is Liza's mother, Lucille remains silent and takes a job as Lorimore's housekeeper. Years later, Lucille tries to dissuade the now-grown Liza from eloping with Leon Muller, a notorious scoundrel, but Liza refuses to listen and leaves town with him. Soon after, the abusive Muller is killed in a fight with a gambler and Liza returns home. After learning from her mother the truth about her past, Liza marries the faithful Bob Saunders, who had been waiting patiently for her to realize their love for each ... +


Fearing reprisals from her slanderous neighbors, Lucille Darrell, who has kept her marriage a secret from her Southern antebellum town, leaves Liza, her baby girl, on the doorstep of the Reverend Joseph Lorimore, then contemplates suicide by drowning. At the river, however, Lucille encounters another pitiful, suicidal woman whose subsequent violent death fills her with the desire to live. When the townspeople mistakenly conclude that the drowned woman is Liza's mother, Lucille remains silent and takes a job as Lorimore's housekeeper. Years later, Lucille tries to dissuade the now-grown Liza from eloping with Leon Muller, a notorious scoundrel, but Liza refuses to listen and leaves town with him. Soon after, the abusive Muller is killed in a fight with a gambler and Liza returns home. After learning from her mother the truth about her past, Liza marries the faithful Bob Saunders, who had been waiting patiently for her to realize their love for each other. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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