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The working title of this film was An Investment in Petticoats . The synopsis included in the copyright descriptions was originally entitled "The Marriage Speculation or Mr. Cliday's ... More Less

The working title of this film was An Investment in Petticoats . The synopsis included in the copyright descriptions was originally entitled "The Marriage Speculation or Mr. Cliday's Investment." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
15 Dec 17
p. 174.
Motog
22 Dec 17
p. 1307.
MPN
29 Dec 17
p. 4583.
MPW
3 Nov 17
p. 764.
NYDM
15 Dec 17
p. 18.
Wid's
13 Dec 17
pp. 795-96.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
An Investment in Petticoats
Release Date:
10 December 1917
Copyright Claimant:
The Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
4 December 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11776
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Old Man Cliday has worked for many years in a pickle factory and has saved $10,000 which he wishes to invest to assure him compensation for the rest of his life. He hits upon the scheme of transforming an attractive young girl into a cultured woman and she in turn is to marry a wealthy man who will see that Cliday is taken care of in his old age. He makes the proposition to Clara Wilton, a candy store clerk and she accepts, although it wrenches her heart to give up her sweetheart Billy Perkins, an unambitious grocery clerk. In two years, Clara blossoms forth into a polished young woman, having had the best training that finishing schools could provide. Cliday takes her to a fashionable resort where she is surrounded by rich young suitors. Clara does not love any of them, but consents to marry one as her end of the bargain. She is preparing for the ceremony when Billy arrives disguised as a count and warns Clara that her intended is an imposter. As he points an accusing finger at the imposter, one of the spectators notices a ring on his finger and declares him to be the heir to a British fortune. Thus Clara is able to marry the man she loves while also fulfilling her part of the ... +


Old Man Cliday has worked for many years in a pickle factory and has saved $10,000 which he wishes to invest to assure him compensation for the rest of his life. He hits upon the scheme of transforming an attractive young girl into a cultured woman and she in turn is to marry a wealthy man who will see that Cliday is taken care of in his old age. He makes the proposition to Clara Wilton, a candy store clerk and she accepts, although it wrenches her heart to give up her sweetheart Billy Perkins, an unambitious grocery clerk. In two years, Clara blossoms forth into a polished young woman, having had the best training that finishing schools could provide. Cliday takes her to a fashionable resort where she is surrounded by rich young suitors. Clara does not love any of them, but consents to marry one as her end of the bargain. She is preparing for the ceremony when Billy arrives disguised as a count and warns Clara that her intended is an imposter. As he points an accusing finger at the imposter, one of the spectators notices a ring on his finger and declares him to be the heir to a British fortune. Thus Clara is able to marry the man she loves while also fulfilling her part of the bargain. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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