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HISTORY

This film was produced in 1918 under the title The Forbidden Box . An early production article lists Kate Toncray in the cast. One source credits Fred Goodwins as co-director. A play also entitled Forbidden , by Dorothy Donnelly, opened in New York on 20 Dec 1919. Although some news items state that the film and the play were based on the same novel by E. V. Durling, the plots of the film and play are vastly different from each other, and no evidence concerning the existence of a novel by Durling has been ... More Less

This film was produced in 1918 under the title The Forbidden Box . An early production article lists Kate Toncray in the cast. One source credits Fred Goodwins as co-director. A play also entitled Forbidden , by Dorothy Donnelly, opened in New York on 20 Dec 1919. Although some news items state that the film and the play were based on the same novel by E. V. Durling, the plots of the film and play are vastly different from each other, and no evidence concerning the existence of a novel by Durling has been located. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPN
6 Sep 19
p. 2057.
MPW
24 Aug 18
p. 1153.
MPW
6 Sep 19
p. 1527.
Wid's
30 Nov 18
p. 810.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Forbidden Box
Release Date:
8 September 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Film Mfg. Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
22 June 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13891
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,972
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Successful businessman Fred Worthington becomes disgusted with life in New York City and retires to the country for fresh air and tranquility. There he meets and weds "Maddie" Irwin, a country girl. Maddie, bored with life in her little village, anticipates an exciting life with her big-city husband and is bitterly disappointed when he presents her with a charming country estate as a wedding present. Hoping that a trip to New York will cure Maddie of her craving for city life, Fred takes her there and throws a wild dinner party. When this plan fails, he leaves her. On her own, Maddie tours the cabarets and opium dens of Chinatown, where she is assaulted by a bearded stranger. Her old country sweetheart, who has been trailing her throughout the city, shoots the culprit, after which Maddie's one desire is to return to the safety of her husband and the country. Fred removes his disguise, bandages his arm, and returns to the estate in time to welcome his unsuspecting and repentant ... +


Successful businessman Fred Worthington becomes disgusted with life in New York City and retires to the country for fresh air and tranquility. There he meets and weds "Maddie" Irwin, a country girl. Maddie, bored with life in her little village, anticipates an exciting life with her big-city husband and is bitterly disappointed when he presents her with a charming country estate as a wedding present. Hoping that a trip to New York will cure Maddie of her craving for city life, Fred takes her there and throws a wild dinner party. When this plan fails, he leaves her. On her own, Maddie tours the cabarets and opium dens of Chinatown, where she is assaulted by a bearded stranger. Her old country sweetheart, who has been trailing her throughout the city, shoots the culprit, after which Maddie's one desire is to return to the safety of her husband and the country. Fred removes his disguise, bandages his arm, and returns to the estate in time to welcome his unsuspecting and repentant wife. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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