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The 23 Feb 1918 Exhibitors Herald announced the upcoming release as one of Fox Film Corp.’s “Standard Pictures,” featuring child stars Jane and Katherine Lee, known as the studio’s “Baby Grands.” That same day, Motography noted that final scenes were filmed in Jacksonville, FL. An advertisement in the 16 Nov 1919 Wid’s Daily credited Ralph Spence with writing intertitles for the picture.
       Although the 2 Mar 1918 Motography listed a 24 Feb 1918 release date, the 27 Apr 1918 issue revealed that the studio planned to reissue the film as a “Special Feature,” based on demand from exhibitors. The article identified the state of Georgia as the primary filming location, and noted that several weeks were spent shooting exterior scenes. The release date was revised to 21 Apr 1918 in the 25 May 1918 Motography.
       Reviews were generally positive, with the 23 Mar 1918 Moving Picture World complimenting Jane Lee on her exceptional performance. However, exhibitor reports in the 22 Jun 1918 Motion Picture News indicated that the film was attracting only average ... More Less

The 23 Feb 1918 Exhibitors Herald announced the upcoming release as one of Fox Film Corp.’s “Standard Pictures,” featuring child stars Jane and Katherine Lee, known as the studio’s “Baby Grands.” That same day, Motography noted that final scenes were filmed in Jacksonville, FL. An advertisement in the 16 Nov 1919 Wid’s Daily credited Ralph Spence with writing intertitles for the picture.
       Although the 2 Mar 1918 Motography listed a 24 Feb 1918 release date, the 27 Apr 1918 issue revealed that the studio planned to reissue the film as a “Special Feature,” based on demand from exhibitors. The article identified the state of Georgia as the primary filming location, and noted that several weeks were spent shooting exterior scenes. The release date was revised to 21 Apr 1918 in the 25 May 1918 Motography.
       Reviews were generally positive, with the 23 Mar 1918 Moving Picture World complimenting Jane Lee on her exceptional performance. However, exhibitor reports in the 22 Jun 1918 Motion Picture News indicated that the film was attracting only average attendance.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
23 Feb 1918
p. 28
Exhibitors Herald
30 Mar 1918
p. 30
Exhibitors Trade Review
16 Feb 1918
p. 909
Exhibitors Trade Review
16 Mar 1918
p. 1230
Exhibitors Trade Review
23 Mar 1918
p. 1765
Motion Picture News
23 Mar 1918
p. 1765
Motion Picture News
22 Jun 1918
p. 3691
Motography
23 Feb 1918
p. 356
Motography
2 Mar 1918
p. 440
Motography
23 Mar 1918
p. 579
Motography
27 Apr 1918
p. 810
Motography
25 May 1918
p. 1022
Moving Picture World
26 Jan 1918
p. 527, 572
Moving Picture World
23 Mar 1918
pp. 1701-1702
Moving Picture World
27 Apr 1918
p. 594
Variety
5 Apr 1918
p. 46
Wid's Daily
18 Apr 1918
p. 1078
Wid's Daily
16 Nov 1919
p. 12
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 April 1918
Production Date:
ended late Feb 1918
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
11 March 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12163
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
gauge
35mm
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Letters from the late mother of orphaned sisters Jane and Katherine seem to indicate that their father is Capt. Bob Dutton. Under orders from his superior, Colonel Harding, to acknowledge the children or quit the service, Dutton accepts responsibility for them. Shocked by his presumably checkered past, Cecile Harding, Dutton's fiancée and the colonel's daughter, breaks their engagement. One evening Jane surprises Capt. Robert Duncan, Dutton's rival for Cecile, stealing Bob's papers. Subsequently shot, the dying Duncan reveals that he is an Austrian agent, as well as the father of Katherine and Jane, having eloped years earlier with Ethel Harding, the colonel's older daughter. The colonel assumes the care of Jane and Katherine, and Dutton and Cecile are ... +


Letters from the late mother of orphaned sisters Jane and Katherine seem to indicate that their father is Capt. Bob Dutton. Under orders from his superior, Colonel Harding, to acknowledge the children or quit the service, Dutton accepts responsibility for them. Shocked by his presumably checkered past, Cecile Harding, Dutton's fiancée and the colonel's daughter, breaks their engagement. One evening Jane surprises Capt. Robert Duncan, Dutton's rival for Cecile, stealing Bob's papers. Subsequently shot, the dying Duncan reveals that he is an Austrian agent, as well as the father of Katherine and Jane, having eloped years earlier with Ethel Harding, the colonel's older daughter. The colonel assumes the care of Jane and Katherine, and Dutton and Cecile are reconciled. +

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