The Great White Trail (1917)

Drama | June 1917

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HISTORY

Originally eight reels in length, the film was later cut to seven reels. This was also the first independent production made by the Whartons, whose studio was located in Ithaca, NY. The film was also partially shot on location in the ... More Less

Originally eight reels in length, the film was later cut to seven reels. This was also the first independent production made by the Whartons, whose studio was located in Ithaca, NY. The film was also partially shot on location in the Adirondacks. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
9 Jun 17
p. 56.
Motog
23 Jun 17
p. 1341.
MPN
16 Jun 17
p. 3785.
MPW
15 Jun 1919.
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MPW
30 Jun 17
p. 2112.
NYDM
9 Jun 17
p. 28.
Variety
8 Jun 17
p. 23.
Wid's
14 Jun 17
p. 374.
DETAILS
Release Date:
June 1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7-8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Prudence Carrington chooses to marry George Ware instead of the Reverend Arthur Dean. The birth of their baby daughter completes the Wares's happiness until Prudence's scapegrace brother Charles comes to visit. Seeing his wife in her brother's arms, George accuses Prudence of infidelity and casts her out of the house with her baby. Partially demented by the shock, Prudence places the baby in a basket in the woods where she is discovered by Arthur Dean's dog who brings the basket home. Prudence is found unconscious in the woods and taken to a hospital while Dean adopts the baby. Upon recovering, Prudence discovers that she has lost her memory and so travels to the Klondike to serve as a nurse, arriving at the same town where Dean has gone to teach the gospel. Meanwhile, George, convinced by Charles of Prudence's innocence, has traced his wife to the Klondike. There he, too, loses his memory when he is knocked senseless by a bandit known as The Vulture. After Dean is accidentally slain by a stray bullet, the Ware family is reunited when a baby shoe in Marie's possession is matched with one owned by George. The shoe sparks George's memory and, with the reconstitution of the family, all ends ... +


Prudence Carrington chooses to marry George Ware instead of the Reverend Arthur Dean. The birth of their baby daughter completes the Wares's happiness until Prudence's scapegrace brother Charles comes to visit. Seeing his wife in her brother's arms, George accuses Prudence of infidelity and casts her out of the house with her baby. Partially demented by the shock, Prudence places the baby in a basket in the woods where she is discovered by Arthur Dean's dog who brings the basket home. Prudence is found unconscious in the woods and taken to a hospital while Dean adopts the baby. Upon recovering, Prudence discovers that she has lost her memory and so travels to the Klondike to serve as a nurse, arriving at the same town where Dean has gone to teach the gospel. Meanwhile, George, convinced by Charles of Prudence's innocence, has traced his wife to the Klondike. There he, too, loses his memory when he is knocked senseless by a bandit known as The Vulture. After Dean is accidentally slain by a stray bullet, the Ware family is reunited when a baby shoe in Marie's possession is matched with one owned by George. The shoe sparks George's memory and, with the reconstitution of the family, all ends happily. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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