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The working title of this picture was Somewhere in Mexico . This was the first in a series of pictures titled The Morals of Men , starring Crane Wilbur and produced by David Horsley Productions. Contemporary trade articles stated that the film included real battle footage taken during a border conflict between the United States and Mexico. Early pre-release news items credited Broadwell with the film's direction. Most contemporary reviews and news items credit Ingraham, and one Mutual publicity release implies that Wilbur and Ingraham were co-directors. A review in Wid's gives Thomas Ricketts as the director, though this is probably an error. An early news item states that the character of David Grayton did not join the army until after his duel, although all reviews state that Grayton is an officer throughout the ... More Less

The working title of this picture was Somewhere in Mexico . This was the first in a series of pictures titled The Morals of Men , starring Crane Wilbur and produced by David Horsley Productions. Contemporary trade articles stated that the film included real battle footage taken during a border conflict between the United States and Mexico. Early pre-release news items credited Broadwell with the film's direction. Most contemporary reviews and news items credit Ingraham, and one Mutual publicity release implies that Wilbur and Ingraham were co-directors. A review in Wid's gives Thomas Ricketts as the director, though this is probably an error. An early news item states that the character of David Grayton did not join the army until after his duel, although all reviews state that Grayton is an officer throughout the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
24 Mar 17
p. 643.
MPN
23 Dec 16
p. 4044.
MPN
26 Aug 16
p. 1230.
MPN
5 May 17
p. 805, 851
MPW
19 Aug 16
p. 1266.
MPW
17 Mar 17
p. 1789.
MPW
24 Mar 17
pp. 1861-63, 1986
Variety
13 Apr 17
p. 22.
Wid's
12 Apr 17
p. 239.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Somewhere In Mexico
Release Date:
19 March 1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Against the advice of her fiancé, Lieutenant David Grayton, Diana, a society favorite, permits Von Erric, a famous artist, to paint her portrait. When the sitting is over, Von Erric attempts to embrace her and she repulses him. In revenge, he paints a nude body onto her portrait, planning to ruin her reputation. David, estranged from his fiancée, sees the portrait and challenges the painter to a duel. Meanwhile, Marcia, the model who had been cast aside by Von Erric after posing in the nude, comes to his studio on the day of the duel to beg him to take her back. A heated argument follows, and the girl kills the artist in self-defense. Because of his duel with Von Erric, David is arrested for the murder. Overcome with guilt, Marcia attempts to end her life, and before dying, confesses to the crime. The confession frees David and brings about a reconciliation between the estranged ... +


Against the advice of her fiancé, Lieutenant David Grayton, Diana, a society favorite, permits Von Erric, a famous artist, to paint her portrait. When the sitting is over, Von Erric attempts to embrace her and she repulses him. In revenge, he paints a nude body onto her portrait, planning to ruin her reputation. David, estranged from his fiancée, sees the portrait and challenges the painter to a duel. Meanwhile, Marcia, the model who had been cast aside by Von Erric after posing in the nude, comes to his studio on the day of the duel to beg him to take her back. A heated argument follows, and the girl kills the artist in self-defense. Because of his duel with Von Erric, David is arrested for the murder. Overcome with guilt, Marcia attempts to end her life, and before dying, confesses to the crime. The confession frees David and brings about a reconciliation between the estranged lovers. +

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Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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