The Moral Deadline (1919)

Drama | 24 February 1919

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
22 Feb 19
p. 925.
MPN
22 Feb 19
p. 1230.
MPW
22 Feb 19
p. 1081.
New York Morning Telegraph
29 Nov 19
p. 536.
Variety
14 Feb 19
p. 52.
Wid's
16 Feb 19
p. 9.
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 February 1919
Copyright Claimant:
World Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
6 February 1919
Copyright Number:
LU13417
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,773
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While walking in Central Park, Evelyn Merrill, a shop girl, meets Hal Oaker when he retrieves her blown-off hat from a stream. Inadvertently, Hal gives Evelyn the card of the man who earlier crashed into his taxi, and after a few dates, they marry, although Hal keeps the other name because he fears the reaction of his father, a wealthy financier who wants him to marry a society girl. After Oaker convinces Hal to leave Evelyn for a year to test the strength of their love, Oaker tries unsuccessfully to pay Evelyn to divorce Hal. Hal is shanghaied by sailors, while Evelyn has their child and becomes a dancer to support it. In order to raise money for an operation to save her baby's life, Evelyn dances at a disreputable Eastside café, which the Vice Society, led by Hal's mother, and the police raid. Hal, having become a reporter after escaping the sailors, defends Evelyn and begs her ... +


While walking in Central Park, Evelyn Merrill, a shop girl, meets Hal Oaker when he retrieves her blown-off hat from a stream. Inadvertently, Hal gives Evelyn the card of the man who earlier crashed into his taxi, and after a few dates, they marry, although Hal keeps the other name because he fears the reaction of his father, a wealthy financier who wants him to marry a society girl. After Oaker convinces Hal to leave Evelyn for a year to test the strength of their love, Oaker tries unsuccessfully to pay Evelyn to divorce Hal. Hal is shanghaied by sailors, while Evelyn has their child and becomes a dancer to support it. In order to raise money for an operation to save her baby's life, Evelyn dances at a disreputable Eastside café, which the Vice Society, led by Hal's mother, and the police raid. Hal, having become a reporter after escaping the sailors, defends Evelyn and begs her forgiveness. +

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