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HISTORY

The working title for this film was A Siren in the House . Production began in Mar 1918, but the film was not released until Apr 1919. Although some sources refer to this film as an S. A. Lynch Enterprise production, Lynch Enterprises was, at this time, the controlling interest in the Triangle Corp., and was involved only in the distribution of Triangle's films. Olive Thomas previously had been one of the Ziegfeld Follies girls atop the New Amsterdam Theatre roof in New York. This was partly filmed at a country estate in the Wilshire district in Los ... More Less

The working title for this film was A Siren in the House . Production began in Mar 1918, but the film was not released until Apr 1919. Although some sources refer to this film as an S. A. Lynch Enterprise production, Lynch Enterprises was, at this time, the controlling interest in the Triangle Corp., and was involved only in the distribution of Triangle's films. Olive Thomas previously had been one of the Ziegfeld Follies girls atop the New Amsterdam Theatre roof in New York. This was partly filmed at a country estate in the Wilshire district in Los Angeles. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
19 Apr 19
p. 1521.
MPN
26 Apr 19
p. 2715.
MPW
9 Mar 18
p. 1387.
MPW
19 Apr 19
p. 311.
Variety
25 Apr 19
p. 83.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
A Siren in the House
Release Date:
27 April 1919
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The relatives of dying Edward Woodruff--Nina Leffingwell, her brother Frederic, and her cousin Basil, whom she wants to marry--scheme to inherit Woodruff's wealth. Since Woodruff continually calls for an imagined granddaughter, the child of his daughter who died before they could patch up a quarrel which estranged them, Nina gets Doll, a Follies girl, to impersonate the granddaughter, try to endear herself to Woodruff, and thus inherit the money. Doll would then be paid off and the relatives would get the inheritance. When Doll's administrations cause Woodruff to recover, Nina sends for Woodruff's grandson Ned, whom he disowned for marrying beneath him, hoping that Ned will send Doll away. When Ned seems to fall in love with Doll, Nina tells Woodruff that Ned and Doll are secretly meeting in the estate lodge. Woodruff investigates and finds that Doll and Ned are married and have a baby boy. Delighted, Woodruff forgives ... +


The relatives of dying Edward Woodruff--Nina Leffingwell, her brother Frederic, and her cousin Basil, whom she wants to marry--scheme to inherit Woodruff's wealth. Since Woodruff continually calls for an imagined granddaughter, the child of his daughter who died before they could patch up a quarrel which estranged them, Nina gets Doll, a Follies girl, to impersonate the granddaughter, try to endear herself to Woodruff, and thus inherit the money. Doll would then be paid off and the relatives would get the inheritance. When Doll's administrations cause Woodruff to recover, Nina sends for Woodruff's grandson Ned, whom he disowned for marrying beneath him, hoping that Ned will send Doll away. When Ned seems to fall in love with Doll, Nina tells Woodruff that Ned and Doll are secretly meeting in the estate lodge. Woodruff investigates and finds that Doll and Ned are married and have a baby boy. Delighted, Woodruff forgives Ned. +

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