The New York Peacock (1917)

Drama | 5 February 1917

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HISTORY

The temporary titles of the scenario included in the copyright descriptions were "L'Oiseau de Proie" and "The Bird of ... More Less

The temporary titles of the scenario included in the copyright descriptions were "L'Oiseau de Proie" and "The Bird of Prey." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
24 Feb 17
p. 838.
Motog
17 Feb 17
p. 375.
MPW
24 Feb 17
p. 1207.
MPW
14 Feb 20
p. 1700.
Wid's
1 Mar 17
pp. 143-44.
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 February 1917
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
4 February 1917
Copyright Number:
LP10115
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5-6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Billy Martin, arriving in New York to invest $100,000 of his father's money in a munitions contract, is lured into a gambling house where he meets Zena, an alluring woman who entices him to try his luck at the roulette wheel. After losing all but $15,000, Zena drags him from the casino, but he returns to the casino, determined to win back his losses, only to lose everything. Meanwhile, Billy's wife, receiving no word from her husband, comes to New York looking for him, but he refuses to return home until he has recovered his father's money. Zena, who has fallen in love with Billy, returns to the casino, determined to retrieve his losses. There she meets Billy's father, Mr. Martin, whom she lures back to her apartment, with the expectation that she can extort the funds from him. Instead, Billy arrives at Zena's apartment to find her embracing his father, and the elder Martin tells him that he did this to expose her treachery. Thus freed from Zena's spell, Billy begs for his father's forgiveness and returns home, no longer the New York ... +


Billy Martin, arriving in New York to invest $100,000 of his father's money in a munitions contract, is lured into a gambling house where he meets Zena, an alluring woman who entices him to try his luck at the roulette wheel. After losing all but $15,000, Zena drags him from the casino, but he returns to the casino, determined to win back his losses, only to lose everything. Meanwhile, Billy's wife, receiving no word from her husband, comes to New York looking for him, but he refuses to return home until he has recovered his father's money. Zena, who has fallen in love with Billy, returns to the casino, determined to retrieve his losses. There she meets Billy's father, Mr. Martin, whom she lures back to her apartment, with the expectation that she can extort the funds from him. Instead, Billy arrives at Zena's apartment to find her embracing his father, and the elder Martin tells him that he did this to expose her treachery. Thus freed from Zena's spell, Billy begs for his father's forgiveness and returns home, no longer the New York peacock. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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