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Working titles for this film were External Circumstances , A Made-to-Order Derelict and Easy Money . Sources vary in crediting Ferris Hartman or Henri D'Elba as ... More Less

Working titles for this film were External Circumstances , A Made-to-Order Derelict and Easy Money . Sources vary in crediting Ferris Hartman or Henri D'Elba as director. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
5 Jan 18
p. 451.
MPN
12 Jan 18
p. 292.
MPW
12 Jan 18
p. 276.
NYDM
29 Sep 17
p. 2004.
Variety
4 Jan 18
p. 43.
Wid's
3 Jan 18
pp. 850-51.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
A Made-to-Order Derelict
Easy Money
External Circumstances
Release Date:
30 December 1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,065
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Gordon Travis, a young and ambitious reporter on Sylvester Brandon's newspaper, gets mixed up in the political rivalry between two candidates for mayor when he covers the aborted wedding of Ruth Westfall, the daughter of candidate Harrison Westfall. Because Gordon uncovers potentially damaging information about Westfall, the politician sends two thugs to beat him senseless. Dazed and dishevelled, he is picked up by Brandon, Westfall's rival, who has bet that any tramp, when properly attired, can win acceptance into society -- even to the point of marrying a blue blood. Gordon, playing along with the scheme, courts and wins Ruth Westfall, which Brandon hopes will spell political ruin for his rival. After compelling both of these corrupt schemers to drop their mayoral bids, Gordon decides to seek the office himself and wins the election and a ... +


Gordon Travis, a young and ambitious reporter on Sylvester Brandon's newspaper, gets mixed up in the political rivalry between two candidates for mayor when he covers the aborted wedding of Ruth Westfall, the daughter of candidate Harrison Westfall. Because Gordon uncovers potentially damaging information about Westfall, the politician sends two thugs to beat him senseless. Dazed and dishevelled, he is picked up by Brandon, Westfall's rival, who has bet that any tramp, when properly attired, can win acceptance into society -- even to the point of marrying a blue blood. Gordon, playing along with the scheme, courts and wins Ruth Westfall, which Brandon hopes will spell political ruin for his rival. After compelling both of these corrupt schemers to drop their mayoral bids, Gordon decides to seek the office himself and wins the election and a wife. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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