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This film was originally released in three reels on 2 Dec 1913 by General Film Co. It was originally copyrighted by the Vitagraph Co. of America; 19 Sep 1913; LP1627. According to one review of the 1913 version, Sanford Carlyle, along with his son Herbert, dies in the train wreck at the end of the film. According to an ad for the film, the train wreck scene cost $40,000 to stage. Because William S. Adams, the co-cinematographer, is not listed for this film until the 1921 MPSD , he probably was responsible for shooting the added ... More Less

This film was originally released in three reels on 2 Dec 1913 by General Film Co. It was originally copyrighted by the Vitagraph Co. of America; 19 Sep 1913; LP1627. According to one review of the 1913 version, Sanford Carlyle, along with his son Herbert, dies in the train wreck at the end of the film. According to an ad for the film, the train wreck scene cost $40,000 to stage. Because William S. Adams, the co-cinematographer, is not listed for this film until the 1921 MPSD , he probably was responsible for shooting the added footage. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
18 Oct 19
p. 1723.
Motog
13 Dec 13
p. 425.
MPN
13 Dec 13
pp. 42-43.
MPW
17 Mar 17
p. 1783.
MPW
13 Dec 13
p. 1314.
DETAILS
Release Date:
September 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
12 September 1919
Copyright Number:
LP14178
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Sanford Carlyle, a railroad president, is so favorably impressed with Richard Hamilton, a friend's son, in comparison with his own spendthrift son Herbert, that he offers Richard a job. After Carlyle refuses Herbert's request for money to pay debts, Herbert, caught forging a check, appeals to his stepmother, Carlyle's young bride Rita, for help. Rita, who has been thrown together socially with Richard, arranges for Richard to meet Herbert one night on a bridge. When Carlyle overhears Rita make the appointment, he finds Richard, accuses him of having an affair with Rita, and in their struggle, throws him into the river. Carlyle's anguish after he hears Herbert's explanation becomes nearly unbearable when Richard's father arrives to view the body. John Squires, a yardman discharged for drinking, tells Carlyle that he witnessed the killing, and demands to be rehired. Later, Carlyle travels West with Herbert, who now is contrite and devoted to his father. When Squires, who drunkenly engineers the train, fights with the foreman, the train has a head-on collision with another train. Carlyle, after finding Herbert dead, is reconciled with ... +


Sanford Carlyle, a railroad president, is so favorably impressed with Richard Hamilton, a friend's son, in comparison with his own spendthrift son Herbert, that he offers Richard a job. After Carlyle refuses Herbert's request for money to pay debts, Herbert, caught forging a check, appeals to his stepmother, Carlyle's young bride Rita, for help. Rita, who has been thrown together socially with Richard, arranges for Richard to meet Herbert one night on a bridge. When Carlyle overhears Rita make the appointment, he finds Richard, accuses him of having an affair with Rita, and in their struggle, throws him into the river. Carlyle's anguish after he hears Herbert's explanation becomes nearly unbearable when Richard's father arrives to view the body. John Squires, a yardman discharged for drinking, tells Carlyle that he witnessed the killing, and demands to be rehired. Later, Carlyle travels West with Herbert, who now is contrite and devoted to his father. When Squires, who drunkenly engineers the train, fights with the foreman, the train has a head-on collision with another train. Carlyle, after finding Herbert dead, is reconciled with Rita. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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