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This was the first release of S-L Pictures, and was the first Ralph Ince Film Attraction. Some scenes in this film were shot at the Sun Shipbuilding Co. in Chester, PA. Employees of the company appeared in the film. According to pre-production news items the following people were hired in Dec 1918 to work on the film: Charles Fishback, cameraman, in addition to William Black; Charles Nelson, Harry Thomas, and Charles Levine, assistant cameramen; William Cohill, in charge of the photographic work; Howard Dell, electrician; Joseph Prem, head carpenter, and E. Harris, ... More Less

This was the first release of S-L Pictures, and was the first Ralph Ince Film Attraction. Some scenes in this film were shot at the Sun Shipbuilding Co. in Chester, PA. Employees of the company appeared in the film. According to pre-production news items the following people were hired in Dec 1918 to work on the film: Charles Fishback, cameraman, in addition to William Black; Charles Nelson, Harry Thomas, and Charles Levine, assistant cameramen; William Cohill, in charge of the photographic work; Howard Dell, electrician; Joseph Prem, head carpenter, and E. Harris, painter. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
19 Apr 19
p. 1525.
MPN
19 Apr 19
p. 2519.
MPN
26 Apr 19
p. 2708.
MPW
19 Dec 19
p. 45.
MPW
21 Dec 18
p. 1378.
MPW
19 Apr 19
pp. 428-29.
Variety
11 Apr 19
p. 55.
Wid's
13 Apr 19
p. 23.
DETAILS
Release Date:
April 1919
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Bob Stokes, a wealthy New York clubman, loses his fortune, he is jilted by his fiancée Marcia Fontaine. He then wanders to an upstate lumber camp where he impresses the owner, Henry Willard, with his leadership and fighting abilities. After Stokes quells a strike engineered by the previous foreman, Robert Brummon, who is really a Bolshevik agitator, to prevent shipments of lumber for government contracts, Brummon, seeking revenge, sets the forest on fire, but Stokes controls it. Willard then sends for Stokes to oversee his New York shipyards where a government "mystery ship" is under construction. After Stokes and Willard's daughter Helen fall in love, Brummon gets Marcia to attempt to seduce Stokes. Marcia lures Stokes to her apartment, where Brummon plans to kill him, but he escapes when he learns that a time bomb is set to destroy the ship. Stokes finds the bomb just before it explodes and throws it into the water. The saboteurs are captured, and together, Stokes and Helen watch the ship ... +


When Bob Stokes, a wealthy New York clubman, loses his fortune, he is jilted by his fiancée Marcia Fontaine. He then wanders to an upstate lumber camp where he impresses the owner, Henry Willard, with his leadership and fighting abilities. After Stokes quells a strike engineered by the previous foreman, Robert Brummon, who is really a Bolshevik agitator, to prevent shipments of lumber for government contracts, Brummon, seeking revenge, sets the forest on fire, but Stokes controls it. Willard then sends for Stokes to oversee his New York shipyards where a government "mystery ship" is under construction. After Stokes and Willard's daughter Helen fall in love, Brummon gets Marcia to attempt to seduce Stokes. Marcia lures Stokes to her apartment, where Brummon plans to kill him, but he escapes when he learns that a time bomb is set to destroy the ship. Stokes finds the bomb just before it explodes and throws it into the water. The saboteurs are captured, and together, Stokes and Helen watch the ship launch. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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