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DATE
PAGE
ETR
2 Mar 18
p. 1019.
ETR
9 Mar 18
p. 1143.
MPN
23 Mar 18
p. 1762.
MPW
4 May 18
p. 743.
MPW
16 Mar 18
p. 1557.
NYDM
9 Mar 18
p. 18.
Variety
1 Mar 18
p. 41.
Wid's
14 Mar 18
pp. 1007-08.
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 March 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
25 February 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12108
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Ann Fenton, who believes her husband to be a prosperous businessman, is shocked to learn that he is a gambler and a bigamist. Assuming that Ann is a morally unsound woman, the townspeople place her infant son Billy in the care of a brutal farmer and then drive her from the village. Seven years later, Ann marries Dr. Evans, a kindly young surgeon who loves her dearly, although he knows nothing of her past. Longing to have her son with her in the city, Ann secures the doctor's permission to adopt a boy and then pays the farmer several hundred dollars to release Billy. Soon afterwards, however, Fenton opens a gambling hall in a building owned by Dr. Evans. The doctor tries to remove the gambler, who warns Ann that he will reveal her past unless she prevents the eviction. Then Ruth, angry at Fenton's rejection of her love, tells Dr. Evans everything, stressing that Ann is not to blame for her illegal union with Fenton. Armed with this knowledge, the doctor forcefully ejects Fenton and then takes his wife and stepson in his ... +


Ann Fenton, who believes her husband to be a prosperous businessman, is shocked to learn that he is a gambler and a bigamist. Assuming that Ann is a morally unsound woman, the townspeople place her infant son Billy in the care of a brutal farmer and then drive her from the village. Seven years later, Ann marries Dr. Evans, a kindly young surgeon who loves her dearly, although he knows nothing of her past. Longing to have her son with her in the city, Ann secures the doctor's permission to adopt a boy and then pays the farmer several hundred dollars to release Billy. Soon afterwards, however, Fenton opens a gambling hall in a building owned by Dr. Evans. The doctor tries to remove the gambler, who warns Ann that he will reveal her past unless she prevents the eviction. Then Ruth, angry at Fenton's rejection of her love, tells Dr. Evans everything, stressing that Ann is not to blame for her illegal union with Fenton. Armed with this knowledge, the doctor forcefully ejects Fenton and then takes his wife and stepson in his arms. +

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