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This film was a re-edited version of a three reel film released 5 Jan 1915 which opened at the Vitagraph Theatre in New York on 2 Nov 1914. It was a Broadway Star Feature, released by General Film Co. through their feature department. The names of the characters differ from the 1919 version: in the 1915 release, Anita Stewart played "Anita, of the Woodland," Earle Williams played "John Emerson," Julia Swayne Gordon played "Cleo Emerson" and Harry Northrup played "Robert Lawler." The story also varies from that of the 1919 version: John, gone only part of a day, finds that his wife and his boss have been joyriding. After he divorces her, she marries the boss and they go to Europe. John then meets Anita in the mountains for the first time. At the end, John's first wife returns after the death of her husband and tracks John to his mountain cabin. Although he is blinded by her beauty at first, when Anita enters, he sends his divorced wife away and embraces Anita. The wife returns to the city. There is no train wreck. The three reel version was copyrighted by The Vitagraph Co. of America; 23 Nov 1914; ... More Less

This film was a re-edited version of a three reel film released 5 Jan 1915 which opened at the Vitagraph Theatre in New York on 2 Nov 1914. It was a Broadway Star Feature, released by General Film Co. through their feature department. The names of the characters differ from the 1919 version: in the 1915 release, Anita Stewart played "Anita, of the Woodland," Earle Williams played "John Emerson," Julia Swayne Gordon played "Cleo Emerson" and Harry Northrup played "Robert Lawler." The story also varies from that of the 1919 version: John, gone only part of a day, finds that his wife and his boss have been joyriding. After he divorces her, she marries the boss and they go to Europe. John then meets Anita in the mountains for the first time. At the end, John's first wife returns after the death of her husband and tracks John to his mountain cabin. Although he is blinded by her beauty at first, when Anita enters, he sends his divorced wife away and embraces Anita. The wife returns to the city. There is no train wreck. The three reel version was copyrighted by The Vitagraph Co. of America; 23 Nov 1914; LP3821. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
19 Apr 19
p. 1538.
Motog
2 Jan 15
p. 41.
MPN
2 Jan 15
p. 47
MPW
28 Sep 1919.
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MPW
5 Apr 19
p. 114.
Variety
7 Nov 14
p. 23.
Variety
22 Jan 15
p. 25.
VLP
1 Jan 15
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Vitagraph Special
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 April 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
1 April 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13554
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Geological expert John Leighton naïvely introduces his flirtatious wife Emily, whom he worships, to his boss, W. G. Griggs. Their mutual attraction blossoms into an affair after Griggs sends John to the Graypeak district, ostensibly to prospect for possible quarries. In the mountains, John meets Enid Arden, a timid, beautiful girl, who falls in love with him after he rescues her from being raped. In the city, John discovers the affair, and leaves Emily after beating up Griggs. Emily and Griggs go to Europe to avoid a scandal, and when John reads that Emily has started divorce proceedings, he returns to the mountains to escape his bitter feelings. In Europe, Emily and Griggs quarrel when she complains about his attention to other women. After Griggs is killed by a jealous lover, Emily tracks John to Graypeak. Although John sends her away, Emily is confident that an appeal to Enid's sympathy and honor will cause her to give John up. After Emily's train collides with a freight train, John and Enid face a happy future ... +


Geological expert John Leighton naïvely introduces his flirtatious wife Emily, whom he worships, to his boss, W. G. Griggs. Their mutual attraction blossoms into an affair after Griggs sends John to the Graypeak district, ostensibly to prospect for possible quarries. In the mountains, John meets Enid Arden, a timid, beautiful girl, who falls in love with him after he rescues her from being raped. In the city, John discovers the affair, and leaves Emily after beating up Griggs. Emily and Griggs go to Europe to avoid a scandal, and when John reads that Emily has started divorce proceedings, he returns to the mountains to escape his bitter feelings. In Europe, Emily and Griggs quarrel when she complains about his attention to other women. After Griggs is killed by a jealous lover, Emily tracks John to Graypeak. Although John sends her away, Emily is confident that an appeal to Enid's sympathy and honor will cause her to give John up. After Emily's train collides with a freight train, John and Enid face a happy future together. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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