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The film's title was changed from Broken Threads to Tangled Threads shortly before its ... More Less

The film's title was changed from Broken Threads to Tangled Threads shortly before its release. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
14 Jun 19
p. 135.
MPN
14 Jun 19
p. 4032.
MPW
14 Jun 19
p. 1683.
Wid's
21 Sep 19
p. 5.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Broken Threads
Release Date:
15 June 1919
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Although Margaret Wayne is devoted to her husband John Rutherford Wayne and their small son "Sonny Boy," she is forsaken by her husband for pleasure-loving Rita Kosloff. Family friend Philip Northrop tells Margaret of her husband's unfaithfulness. In order to make her husband jealous, Margaret pretends to be interested romantically in Philip, not knowing that he actually is in love with her. After Philip implicates Margaret in a compromising situation, her husband is eager to divorce her. He gains custody of the child and marries Rita. "Sonny Boy" becomes ill, and Margaret, who has become a nurse, is summoned to care for the child. Margaret's devotion saves the boy's life and makes John realize that he has made a mistake. Philip then decides the only way out is to kill himself and Rita, which he does in a joyride. Margaret and John are finally ... +


Although Margaret Wayne is devoted to her husband John Rutherford Wayne and their small son "Sonny Boy," she is forsaken by her husband for pleasure-loving Rita Kosloff. Family friend Philip Northrop tells Margaret of her husband's unfaithfulness. In order to make her husband jealous, Margaret pretends to be interested romantically in Philip, not knowing that he actually is in love with her. After Philip implicates Margaret in a compromising situation, her husband is eager to divorce her. He gains custody of the child and marries Rita. "Sonny Boy" becomes ill, and Margaret, who has become a nurse, is summoned to care for the child. Margaret's devotion saves the boy's life and makes John realize that he has made a mistake. Philip then decides the only way out is to kill himself and Rita, which he does in a joyride. Margaret and John are finally reconciled. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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