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The working title of this film was The Eternal Columbine . Its pre-release title was The Morals of an Actress . Some reviews call this a Bluebird feature, but it is listed in release charts as released by ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Eternal Columbine . Its pre-release title was The Morals of an Actress . Some reviews call this a Bluebird feature, but it is listed in release charts as released by Universal. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
22 Jun 18
p. 325.
Motog
6 Jul 18
p. 8.
MPN
22 Jun 18
p. 3689.
MPW
6 Jul 18
p. 110, 115
NYDM
27 Jul 18
p. 127.
Variety
21 Jun 18
p. 28.
Wid's
23 Jun 18
p. 18.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Morals of an Actress
The Eternal Columbine
Release Date:
20 July 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Film Mfg. Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
29 May 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12485
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The cabaret act of husband-and-wife dancing team Peggy and Joe Blondin is broken up when Joe becomes consumptive and is ordered West to recuperate. Peggy remains in New York to maintain the couple's income but gradually becomes desperate when letters sent her by her husband request more and more money. Joe's letters actually are being intercepted and rewritten by millionaire Harlan Quinn, who has designs on Peggy and wishes to portray Joe's situation as hopeless. After receiving a particularly alarming letter, Peggy consents to sell her honor to Harlan, but Joe arrives, fully recovered, just as the villain knocks on her door. The two men fight until Peggy's stepfather, a drug addict who has been acting as Harlan's dupe, shoots Quinn. The police arrive and shoot the old man, after which Peggy and Joe begin a new life ... +


The cabaret act of husband-and-wife dancing team Peggy and Joe Blondin is broken up when Joe becomes consumptive and is ordered West to recuperate. Peggy remains in New York to maintain the couple's income but gradually becomes desperate when letters sent her by her husband request more and more money. Joe's letters actually are being intercepted and rewritten by millionaire Harlan Quinn, who has designs on Peggy and wishes to portray Joe's situation as hopeless. After receiving a particularly alarming letter, Peggy consents to sell her honor to Harlan, but Joe arrives, fully recovered, just as the villain knocks on her door. The two men fight until Peggy's stepfather, a drug addict who has been acting as Harlan's dupe, shoots Quinn. The police arrive and shoot the old man, after which Peggy and Joe begin a new life together. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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