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According to news items, the story was "based upon an actual case of record," and information gathered throughout Hayden Talbot's career as a New York newspaperman. A modern source includes Rudolph Valentino in the cast, playing a dancer, and notes that this was his first ... More Less

According to news items, the story was "based upon an actual case of record," and information gathered throughout Hayden Talbot's career as a New York newspaperman. A modern source includes Rudolph Valentino in the cast, playing a dancer, and notes that this was his first film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPN
6 Oct 17
pp. 33-34.
MPN
15 Dec 17
p. 4222.
MPW
15 Dec 17
p. 1646.
MPW
6 Jan 16
p. 98, 138
NYDM
23 Mar 18
p. 20.
DETAILS
Release Date:
3 December 1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Mrs. Bernice Bristol Flint threatens to destroy the reputation of an innocent woman unless her wealthy husband John grants her a divorce, and although John has not betrayed his wife, he agrees to give her a large sum in alimony in order to maintain her silence. Bernice hopes to marry millionaire Howard Turner, with whom she has been carrying on a flirtation, and when he confesses that he does not love her, she angrily resolves to ruin him. Howard falls in love with the refreshingly innocent Marjorie Lansing, who agrees to become his wife. Because of Bernice's interference, however, their marriage is a stormy one, and finally Bernice and her unscrupulous lawyer, Elijah Stone, suggest that Marjorie sue for divorce. She refuses, and later, Howard's attorney, William Jackson, discovers Bernice's schemes and succeeds in reuniting Howard and Marjorie. Defeated, Bernice shoots ... +


Mrs. Bernice Bristol Flint threatens to destroy the reputation of an innocent woman unless her wealthy husband John grants her a divorce, and although John has not betrayed his wife, he agrees to give her a large sum in alimony in order to maintain her silence. Bernice hopes to marry millionaire Howard Turner, with whom she has been carrying on a flirtation, and when he confesses that he does not love her, she angrily resolves to ruin him. Howard falls in love with the refreshingly innocent Marjorie Lansing, who agrees to become his wife. Because of Bernice's interference, however, their marriage is a stormy one, and finally Bernice and her unscrupulous lawyer, Elijah Stone, suggest that Marjorie sue for divorce. She refuses, and later, Howard's attorney, William Jackson, discovers Bernice's schemes and succeeds in reuniting Howard and Marjorie. Defeated, Bernice shoots herself. +

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Subject (Major):

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

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