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This production was filmed at the Lasky Studio in California. This film was also known as The Optimist ... More Less

This production was filmed at the Lasky Studio in California. This film was also known as The Optimist . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
18 Aug 1917
p. 854.
Motog
1 Sep 1917
p. 475.
MPN
18 Aug 1917
p. 1118.
MPN
15 Sep 1917
p. 1745.
MPW
25 Aug 1917
p. 1229.
MPW
8 Sep 1917
p. 1584.
NYDM
18 Aug 1917
p. 18.
Variety
10 Aug 1917
p. 23.
Wid's
16 Aug 1917
pp. 520-21.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Optimist
Release Date:
12 August 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Artcraft Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
9 August 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11227
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Ethel passes up a marriage proposal from famous game hunter Bill Gaynor in favor of leading life in the fast lane with socialite Charles Riddles. Returning home from a hunting trip, Bill learns that Ethel has suffered a nervous breakdown and gone to Dr. Jollyem's sanitarium to recuperate. Bill goes to investigate and, failing to convince Ethel to leave, resolves to save her and the rest of the hypochondriacs. He buys the sanitarium and through the ruse of a smallpox scare, evacuates all the inmates on board his yacht. The boat is wrecked on a desert island and the invalids all go ashore, bemoaning their hard luck. Bill forages for food and forces the invalids to exercise for their meals. One by one they all regain their health, and Bill again asks Ethel to marry him. She refuses, however, on the grounds that given the chance, she would return to her old life. One day Charley discovers that the city of Palm Beach is in the valley below them. Ethel and Charley are reunited with their society friends, but at a party that night, Ethel finds herself bored with their shallowness and longs for the natural life of their camp. Finding Bill on the lawn outside, she suggests that they hunt up a ... +


Ethel passes up a marriage proposal from famous game hunter Bill Gaynor in favor of leading life in the fast lane with socialite Charles Riddles. Returning home from a hunting trip, Bill learns that Ethel has suffered a nervous breakdown and gone to Dr. Jollyem's sanitarium to recuperate. Bill goes to investigate and, failing to convince Ethel to leave, resolves to save her and the rest of the hypochondriacs. He buys the sanitarium and through the ruse of a smallpox scare, evacuates all the inmates on board his yacht. The boat is wrecked on a desert island and the invalids all go ashore, bemoaning their hard luck. Bill forages for food and forces the invalids to exercise for their meals. One by one they all regain their health, and Bill again asks Ethel to marry him. She refuses, however, on the grounds that given the chance, she would return to her old life. One day Charley discovers that the city of Palm Beach is in the valley below them. Ethel and Charley are reunited with their society friends, but at a party that night, Ethel finds herself bored with their shallowness and longs for the natural life of their camp. Finding Bill on the lawn outside, she suggests that they hunt up a minister. +

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

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