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The 25 Aug 1917 Motion Picture News announced that director Lois Weber reportedly completed the picture, except for "a small amount of film editing" which she was doing personally. Several titles had been suggested, but at that point nothing had been decided.
       The working title of this film was The Whim , which is also the title of Marion Orth's story. One pre-release credits Weber, not Orth, with the original story for the film. This was the first film made in Weber's own studio on Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. A pre-release article lists Ethel Weber, Colin Kenny and Therese Young as cast members and omits Ann Schaefer and Helene Rosson from the cast listing. It is unclear whether the first three actors appeared in the released film. Wid's credits Duke Hayward as cameraman, while other sources, including the synopsis in the copyright descriptions, credit Allen ... More Less

The 25 Aug 1917 Motion Picture News announced that director Lois Weber reportedly completed the picture, except for "a small amount of film editing" which she was doing personally. Several titles had been suggested, but at that point nothing had been decided.
       The working title of this film was The Whim , which is also the title of Marion Orth's story. One pre-release credits Weber, not Orth, with the original story for the film. This was the first film made in Weber's own studio on Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. A pre-release article lists Ethel Weber, Colin Kenny and Therese Young as cast members and omits Ann Schaefer and Helene Rosson from the cast listing. It is unclear whether the first three actors appeared in the released film. Wid's credits Duke Hayward as cameraman, while other sources, including the synopsis in the copyright descriptions, credit Allen Siegler. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
25 Aug 1917
p. 1310.
Motion Picture News
17 Nov 1917
p. 3458.
Motion Picture News
24 Nov 1917
p. 3662.
Motion Picture News
12 Jan 1918
p. 279.
MPW
24 Nov 17
p. 1184.
MPW
19 Jan 18
p. 413.
NYDM
17 Nov 17
p. 18.
Variety
23 Nov 17
p. 43.
Wid's
22 Nov 17
pp. 743-44.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Whim
Release Date:
4 November 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Jewel Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 November 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11716
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5-6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Linnie, a department store clerk, captures the interest of Preston Winfield, her employer's son. Preston, disheartened by a loveless match that his parents have arranged for him, feels an honest desire to brighten the life of one of his father's clerks. During the absence of his family, he prevails upon Linnie to accept money with which to buy new clothes, and arranges that they spend the following six nights in the way she would wish them. Linnie's dreams come true as they pursue the pleasures of dining, motoring and going to the theater until they are discovered by Linnie's brother on their last evening together in the Winfield house. Linnie returns home in disgrace. Unable to live with her dishonor, Linnie throws herself under Preston's car and dies after languishing in the ... +


Linnie, a department store clerk, captures the interest of Preston Winfield, her employer's son. Preston, disheartened by a loveless match that his parents have arranged for him, feels an honest desire to brighten the life of one of his father's clerks. During the absence of his family, he prevails upon Linnie to accept money with which to buy new clothes, and arranges that they spend the following six nights in the way she would wish them. Linnie's dreams come true as they pursue the pleasures of dining, motoring and going to the theater until they are discovered by Linnie's brother on their last evening together in the Winfield house. Linnie returns home in disgrace. Unable to live with her dishonor, Linnie throws herself under Preston's car and dies after languishing in the hospital. +

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