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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Pride . Sources disagree concerning the literary source of this film, stating both that it was from a novel by an English author, and that scenarist William B. Courtney wrote the story especially for actress Alice Joyce. Some sources stated that the story was adapted by Mr. and Mrs. George Randolph Chester. Var called Chester, who was Vitagraph's scenario editor, the "overlord" of this film, and implied that he was responsible for the film's ... More Less

The working title of this film was Pride . Sources disagree concerning the literary source of this film, stating both that it was from a novel by an English author, and that scenarist William B. Courtney wrote the story especially for actress Alice Joyce. Some sources stated that the story was adapted by Mr. and Mrs. George Randolph Chester. Var called Chester, who was Vitagraph's scenario editor, the "overlord" of this film, and implied that he was responsible for the film's tone. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
24 Jan 20
p. 809.
MPN
24 Jan 20
p. 1056, 1133
MPW
10 Jan 20
p. 184.
MPW
17 Apr 20
p. 3505.
MPW
24 Jan 20
p. 636.
Variety
16 Jan 20
p. 61.
Wid's
18 Jan 20
p. 11
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Pride
Release Date:
19 January 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
4 January 1920
Copyright Number:
LP14612
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,362
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Patricia Leeds is placed on the auction block of marriage by her extravagant, selfish mother and sold to the highest bidder, Brewster Howard, a wealthy man obsessed with his own importance. Howard browbeats his wife to such an extent that for revenge she elopes with his secretary, John Reynolds. The humiliated husband pursues his wife and her lover, and in the ensuing fight, Reynolds falls to his death in front of an oncoming train. After returning home, when Howard discovers that his secretary has ruined him financially, he totters on the brink of suicide until Patricia appears and declares her love for ... +


Patricia Leeds is placed on the auction block of marriage by her extravagant, selfish mother and sold to the highest bidder, Brewster Howard, a wealthy man obsessed with his own importance. Howard browbeats his wife to such an extent that for revenge she elopes with his secretary, John Reynolds. The humiliated husband pursues his wife and her lover, and in the ensuing fight, Reynolds falls to his death in front of an oncoming train. After returning home, when Howard discovers that his secretary has ruined him financially, he totters on the brink of suicide until Patricia appears and declares her love for him. +

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