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The 10 Apr 1920 Camera reported that actor Eugene O'Brien was in his final week of filming The Figurehead. ... More Less

The 10 Apr 1920 Camera reported that actor Eugene O'Brien was in his final week of filming The Figurehead. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
10 Apr 1920
p. 6.
Exhibitors Trade Review
3 Jul 20
p. 486.
Motion Picture News
27 Mar 20
p. 2956.
Motion Picture News
26 Jun 20
p. 137.
Moving Picture World
3 Apr 20
p. 3109.
Wid's Daily
20 Jun 20
p. 19.
DETAILS
Release Date:
6 July 1920
Production Date:
ended April 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Selznick Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
14 June 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15259
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the city of Bolton, party politics are in the control of two men, Jim Durfee and Gordon Freeman, who intend to keep it that way by running a "figurehead" for mayor. They decide upon Sheridan Dows, known as "Sherry," a young society dilettante, who surprises the political bosses by taking his responsibilities seriously. Aided by Mary Forbes, a girl who works in the settlements, Sherry slowly gains popular support. Alarmed at the threat that he is beginning to pose, Durfee and Freeman plot to eliminate Sherry from the race by framing him in a compromising situation with Mary, but Sherry outwits them. That failing, Durfee plants scurrilous articles about Sherry in the paper, turning popular opinion against him until Mary persuades the paper's editor to refute the attacks. Regaining his popular support, Sherry wins both the election and ... +


In the city of Bolton, party politics are in the control of two men, Jim Durfee and Gordon Freeman, who intend to keep it that way by running a "figurehead" for mayor. They decide upon Sheridan Dows, known as "Sherry," a young society dilettante, who surprises the political bosses by taking his responsibilities seriously. Aided by Mary Forbes, a girl who works in the settlements, Sherry slowly gains popular support. Alarmed at the threat that he is beginning to pose, Durfee and Freeman plot to eliminate Sherry from the race by framing him in a compromising situation with Mary, but Sherry outwits them. That failing, Durfee plants scurrilous articles about Sherry in the paper, turning popular opinion against him until Mary persuades the paper's editor to refute the attacks. Regaining his popular support, Sherry wins both the election and Mary. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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