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This was the first production of the George Backer Film Corp. It was adapted from a French play, the title of which has not been determined. Director George W. Lederer was married to actress Reine Davies, who was Marion Davies' sister. Wid's credits Harry Revier as co-director with Lederer. The NYDM reviewer doubted that the National Board of Review would pass this film because of regulations, then new, which prohibited pictures of nude ... More Less

This was the first production of the George Backer Film Corp. It was adapted from a French play, the title of which has not been determined. Director George W. Lederer was married to actress Reine Davies, who was Marion Davies' sister. Wid's credits Harry Revier as co-director with Lederer. The NYDM reviewer doubted that the National Board of Review would pass this film because of regulations, then new, which prohibited pictures of nude women. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
21 Apr 17
p. 1390.
MPN
21 Apr 17
p. 2520.
NYDM
14 Apr 17
p. 28.
Variety
26 May 17
p. 1338.
Wid's
26 Apr 17
pp. 262-63.
DETAILS
Release Date:
April 1917
Copyright Claimant:
George Backer Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
29 March 1917
Copyright Number:
LP10559
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7-8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After a prologue which shows Eve giving the apple to Adam, Mary Magdalene, the feast of Belshazzar, the ancestors of the "vampire" being tried for witchcraft in 1692 and an incident in 1840, the modern story begins. To escape the clutches of the law, vampire Grace Penrose flees New York to the little hotel in the mountains owned by the mother of her last victim, Dan Morgan. En route, her sleigh overturns and she is rescued by John Winthrop, a young married man who is living happily in the mountains with his wife and child. Grace attempts to ensnare him in her spell as John struggles to remain aloof. Arriving at the hotel, she is met by Morgan, who doesn't dare reveal his affair with the adventuress. Continuing her campaign to lure John, Grace eventually succeeds, and he informs his wife that he is leaving her. After pleading with both her husband and Grace, Mrs. Winthrop tells her trouble to Morgan's mother. Morgan finally confesses to his mother, and produces a photo of Grace endorsed with a message of undying love. With the photo as proof, they rouse the townspeople, who tar and feather the adventuress, after which John returns, chagrined, to his ... +


After a prologue which shows Eve giving the apple to Adam, Mary Magdalene, the feast of Belshazzar, the ancestors of the "vampire" being tried for witchcraft in 1692 and an incident in 1840, the modern story begins. To escape the clutches of the law, vampire Grace Penrose flees New York to the little hotel in the mountains owned by the mother of her last victim, Dan Morgan. En route, her sleigh overturns and she is rescued by John Winthrop, a young married man who is living happily in the mountains with his wife and child. Grace attempts to ensnare him in her spell as John struggles to remain aloof. Arriving at the hotel, she is met by Morgan, who doesn't dare reveal his affair with the adventuress. Continuing her campaign to lure John, Grace eventually succeeds, and he informs his wife that he is leaving her. After pleading with both her husband and Grace, Mrs. Winthrop tells her trouble to Morgan's mother. Morgan finally confesses to his mother, and produces a photo of Grace endorsed with a message of undying love. With the photo as proof, they rouse the townspeople, who tar and feather the adventuress, after which John returns, chagrined, to his wife. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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