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The 16 Nov 1917 Motion Picture News reported that two-thirds of the filming of The Edge of Sin was done after regular working hours at the Thomas H. Ince Studios in Santa Ynez Canyon in Santa Monica, CA. The after-hours filming was required to facilitate "special effects." On 24 Nov 1917, a Motion Picture News item noted that the title had been changed to Love Letters.
       According to a pre-production news item for The Edge of Sin, Melbourne McDowell was set to play a supporting role. One contemporary source lists R. Cecil Smith as the ... More Less

The 16 Nov 1917 Motion Picture News reported that two-thirds of the filming of The Edge of Sin was done after regular working hours at the Thomas H. Ince Studios in Santa Ynez Canyon in Santa Monica, CA. The after-hours filming was required to facilitate "special effects." On 24 Nov 1917, a Motion Picture News item noted that the title had been changed to Love Letters.
       According to a pre-production news item for The Edge of Sin, Melbourne McDowell was set to play a supporting role. One contemporary source lists R. Cecil Smith as the scenarist. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
3 Nov 1917
p. 1736, 1769
Exhibitors Trade Review
29 Dec 1917
p. 372.
Exhibitors Trade Review
12 Jan 1918
p. 478.
Motion Picture News
3 Feb 1917
p. 744.
Motion Picture News
16 Nov 1917
p. 3298.
Motion Picture News
24 Nov 1917
p. 3655.
Moving Picture World
29 Dec 1917
p. 1996.
Moving Picture World
5 Jan 1918
p. 93.
NYDM
29 Dec 1917
p. 16.
Variety
4 Jan 1918
p. 44.
Wid's
27 Dec 1917
pp. 831-32.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Edge of Sin
Release Date:
24 December 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Thomas H. Ince Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 December 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11824
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Eileen Rodney, the young ward of attorney John Harland, becomes fascinated by Raymond Moreland, who poses as a teacher of Eastern cults and creeds, but secretly sneers at the foolish women swayed by his words. Eileen writes fervent letters to Moreland, couched in the terms of his free love teachings, and he convinces her to go to India with him. Moreland's plans are spoiled by Eleanor Dare, a woman who has been betrayed by him, and Eileen, her eyes opened by Eleanor's exposé, agrees to marry Harland, who has always been in love with her. A year later, Moreland returns and threatens Eileen with exposure of their old affair unless she comes to his rooms to reclaim the love letters. Eileen reluctantly visits Moreland's apartments, where he assaults her. After barely escaping his advances, Eileen reads in the paper the next morning that Moreland has been murdered. The case is assigned to her husband, now the district attorney, and Eileen, fearing that the letters will incriminate her, returns to Moreland's room the next night just as Harland and the police also come to search the room. Things look bleak until Eleanor Dare is exposed as Moreland's murderer, and Eileen's secret is buried with ... +


Eileen Rodney, the young ward of attorney John Harland, becomes fascinated by Raymond Moreland, who poses as a teacher of Eastern cults and creeds, but secretly sneers at the foolish women swayed by his words. Eileen writes fervent letters to Moreland, couched in the terms of his free love teachings, and he convinces her to go to India with him. Moreland's plans are spoiled by Eleanor Dare, a woman who has been betrayed by him, and Eileen, her eyes opened by Eleanor's exposé, agrees to marry Harland, who has always been in love with her. A year later, Moreland returns and threatens Eileen with exposure of their old affair unless she comes to his rooms to reclaim the love letters. Eileen reluctantly visits Moreland's apartments, where he assaults her. After barely escaping his advances, Eileen reads in the paper the next morning that Moreland has been murdered. The case is assigned to her husband, now the district attorney, and Eileen, fearing that the letters will incriminate her, returns to Moreland's room the next night just as Harland and the police also come to search the room. Things look bleak until Eleanor Dare is exposed as Moreland's murderer, and Eileen's secret is buried with Moreland. +

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