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HISTORY

The film was shot under the title Hollyhocks but was re-titled Into The Light by Feb 1920, when it was announced to be completed. It showed at Los Angeles' Clune Auditorium in Mar 1920, but it probably did not received general distribution until the spring of 1921 at the earliest. It is listed in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 (F2.5624) as Things Men Do , and was released under that title in 1921. When the film was screened for the trade press in early 1921, Schlesinger announced that it would not be released until several scenes were excised, including scenes depicting the horsewhipping of the girl, The Spider molesting her and the use of drugs. Several contemporary sources state that the film was based on a novel, but no evidence of the novel's existence has been ... More Less

The film was shot under the title Hollyhocks but was re-titled Into The Light by Feb 1920, when it was announced to be completed. It showed at Los Angeles' Clune Auditorium in Mar 1920, but it probably did not received general distribution until the spring of 1921 at the earliest. It is listed in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 (F2.5624) as Things Men Do , and was released under that title in 1921. When the film was screened for the trade press in early 1921, Schlesinger announced that it would not be released until several scenes were excised, including scenes depicting the horsewhipping of the girl, The Spider molesting her and the use of drugs. Several contemporary sources state that the film was based on a novel, but no evidence of the novel's existence has been discovered. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
16 Apr 21
p. 1815.
MPN
13 Dec 19
p. 4312.
MPN
10 Jan 20
p. 666.
MPN
28 Mar 1920.
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MPN
27 Mar 20
p. 2912.
MPN
26 Mar 21
p. 2157.
MPNBG
1 Dec 21
p. 108.
MPW
9 Apr 21
p. 628.
Wid's
1925
p. 463.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Hollyhocks
Things Men Do
Release Date:
March 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Cyrus J. Williams
Copyright Date:
12 February 1921
Copyright Number:
LU16265
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A simple country girl, brutally mistreated by her stepfather, awakens first the sympathy and then the love of The Boy. The Spider, who lusts after The Girl, makes a bargain with the stepfather and takes her to the city, where, kept prisoner, she is soon broken in health and spirit. Cast out and near death, she is taken in by The Boy. Following the demise of The Spider, The Boy takes her to church, where he prays, and after many hours, she is restored to ... +


A simple country girl, brutally mistreated by her stepfather, awakens first the sympathy and then the love of The Boy. The Spider, who lusts after The Girl, makes a bargain with the stepfather and takes her to the city, where, kept prisoner, she is soon broken in health and spirit. Cast out and near death, she is taken in by The Boy. Following the demise of The Spider, The Boy takes her to church, where he prays, and after many hours, she is restored to health. +

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Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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