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In 1920, The Yankee Way was re-issued by Fox Film Corp. under the title Sink or Swim , the title under which it was reviewed in Var and Har . Sources conflict concerning the surname of the actor playing "Baron Maravitch." The 1917 MPW sources credits the actor as Count Hardenberg, while the 1917 NYDM lists the actor as Count Von Hardenberg. The Var reviews does not credit the actor. Sources in 1917 list the name of the country where "Dick Mason" is sent as Lithuania, while the 1920 Var review lists the country as the mythical country of ... More Less

In 1920, The Yankee Way was re-issued by Fox Film Corp. under the title Sink or Swim , the title under which it was reviewed in Var and Har . Sources conflict concerning the surname of the actor playing "Baron Maravitch." The 1917 MPW sources credits the actor as Count Hardenberg, while the 1917 NYDM lists the actor as Count Von Hardenberg. The Var reviews does not credit the actor. Sources in 1917 list the name of the country where "Dick Mason" is sent as Lithuania, while the 1920 Var review lists the country as the mythical country of "Lithoonia." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Harrison's Reports
31 Jul 1920.
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MPW
29 Sep 17
pp. 2050-51.
MPW
6 Oct 17
p. 70.
NYDM
29 Sep 17
p. 18.
NYDM
6 Oct 17
p. 43 (ad insert), 126
NYDM
7 Aug 1920
p. 245.
Variety
30 Jul 1920
p.32.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Sink or Swim
Release Date:
15 September 1917
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
16 September 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11434
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After being arrested for defending a girl's honor in a Chicago restaurant brawl, Dick Mason is exiled by his father to Lithuania where his family owns a share in a cattle concession. By chance, the girl from the restaurant is also bound for the Balkans. While on board, Dick undertakes to renew his acquaintance with this attractive foreigner, but encounters considerable resistance. In Lithuania, Dick meets with Count Vortsky, the Minister of Finance, who presses him to sell his cattle concession, hoping to clinch a coup attempt he is planning with the Bulgarian Ambassador. Somewhat suspicious, Dick agrees to announce his decision only in the presence of Princess Alexia, who turns out to be the girl from the restaurant. When she advises him not to sell, the love-bitten Dick refuses the count. The count nevertheless instigates a revolution, but with the help of his Chicago assistants, Dick squelches the uprising and wins the princess' ... +


After being arrested for defending a girl's honor in a Chicago restaurant brawl, Dick Mason is exiled by his father to Lithuania where his family owns a share in a cattle concession. By chance, the girl from the restaurant is also bound for the Balkans. While on board, Dick undertakes to renew his acquaintance with this attractive foreigner, but encounters considerable resistance. In Lithuania, Dick meets with Count Vortsky, the Minister of Finance, who presses him to sell his cattle concession, hoping to clinch a coup attempt he is planning with the Bulgarian Ambassador. Somewhat suspicious, Dick agrees to announce his decision only in the presence of Princess Alexia, who turns out to be the girl from the restaurant. When she advises him not to sell, the love-bitten Dick refuses the count. The count nevertheless instigates a revolution, but with the help of his Chicago assistants, Dick squelches the uprising and wins the princess' heart. +

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