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The opening of this film provides a mini-tour of the Ince studios in Culver City, CA during which various Ince stars are shown and Reginald Barker directs a ... More Less

The opening of this film provides a mini-tour of the Ince studios in Culver City, CA during which various Ince stars are shown and Reginald Barker directs a scene. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
6 Jan 17
p. 356.
Motog
13 Jan 17
p. 99.
MPN
6 Jan 17
pp. 76-77.
MPN
21 Apr 17
p. 447.
MPW
13 Jan 17
p. 244.
MPW
20 Jan 17
p. 319.
MPW
3 Feb 17
p. 745.
Wid's
1 Feb 17
p. 79.
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 January 1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Seeking work, an amateur scenario writer climbs over the wall of the Thomas H. Ince studio in Culver City, promptly falls asleep and dreams that New York banker Richard Deering is spending the holidays at his lodge in the Adirondacks with his daughter Evelyn and old friend Donald Greene. Deering refuses Greene's request for Evelyn's hand in marriage, and the rejected suitor leaves for New York. That night, Deering is shot while asleep in bed, and the eminent New York detective Horace Lee is called in to solve the case. Lee discovers that Deering had been shot by a gun that had been ingeniously arranged between the logs of the building so that the freezing temperature would release the trigger. When Deering regains consciousness, he provides the motive for the shooting by telling of Greene's inherited insanity, which was triggered by his disappointment at losing Evelyn. The scenario writer awakens to find the studio closed. He is chased off the Ince lot by the night watchman and loses parts of his precious manuscript as he runs down the ... +


Seeking work, an amateur scenario writer climbs over the wall of the Thomas H. Ince studio in Culver City, promptly falls asleep and dreams that New York banker Richard Deering is spending the holidays at his lodge in the Adirondacks with his daughter Evelyn and old friend Donald Greene. Deering refuses Greene's request for Evelyn's hand in marriage, and the rejected suitor leaves for New York. That night, Deering is shot while asleep in bed, and the eminent New York detective Horace Lee is called in to solve the case. Lee discovers that Deering had been shot by a gun that had been ingeniously arranged between the logs of the building so that the freezing temperature would release the trigger. When Deering regains consciousness, he provides the motive for the shooting by telling of Greene's inherited insanity, which was triggered by his disappointment at losing Evelyn. The scenario writer awakens to find the studio closed. He is chased off the Ince lot by the night watchman and loses parts of his precious manuscript as he runs down the road. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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