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While all reviews state that ex-Judge Willis Brown, who was called "a nationally known figure in sociological and child uplift work" in a news item, wrote the story, Brown's name was crossed out on the synopsis included in the copyright descriptions, which credits James Campbell with the ... More Less

While all reviews state that ex-Judge Willis Brown, who was called "a nationally known figure in sociological and child uplift work" in a news item, wrote the story, Brown's name was crossed out on the synopsis included in the copyright descriptions, which credits James Campbell with the story. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
19 May 17
p. 1680.
Motog
26 May 17
p. 1120.
MPN
26 May 17
p. 3311.
MPW
31 Mar 17
p. 2120.
MPW
26 May 17
p. 1298.
NYDM
19 May 17
p. 29.
Variety
13 Jul 17
p. 26.
Wid's
17 May 17
p. 313.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Story
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 May 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Essanay Film Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
4 May 1917
Copyright Number:
LP10719
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In his battle to clean up the slums, Paul Manson, the young rector of a fashionable church, makes the shocking discovery that his own church owns the worst tenements. When his congregation refuses to renovate them, Paul has a nervous breakdown and is sent to the woods to recover. While there, his clothes are stolen by Joe Farley, a vagrant from the slums, who happens to be the minister's exact double. After Farley's dead body is found, Paul reads the account of his own death and returns to the city in the guise of a workman to set about rehabilitating the slums. Recognized by Mrs. Farley, who claims that he is her missing husband, Paul refuses to live with the woman, but enlists her aid in his work. After mobilizing the voters, he forces his former congregation to tear down the dilapidated buildings and build new ones. Finally recognized by a member of his congregation, Paul refuses to return to his old life, preferring to live among the people that he has aided, and he marries Mrs. ... +


In his battle to clean up the slums, Paul Manson, the young rector of a fashionable church, makes the shocking discovery that his own church owns the worst tenements. When his congregation refuses to renovate them, Paul has a nervous breakdown and is sent to the woods to recover. While there, his clothes are stolen by Joe Farley, a vagrant from the slums, who happens to be the minister's exact double. After Farley's dead body is found, Paul reads the account of his own death and returns to the city in the guise of a workman to set about rehabilitating the slums. Recognized by Mrs. Farley, who claims that he is her missing husband, Paul refuses to live with the woman, but enlists her aid in his work. After mobilizing the voters, he forces his former congregation to tear down the dilapidated buildings and build new ones. Finally recognized by a member of his congregation, Paul refuses to return to his old life, preferring to live among the people that he has aided, and he marries Mrs. Farley. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Social


Subject
Subject (Major):

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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