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One reviewer described the film as five reels long. Modern sources credit Edwin S. Porter with the photography and include Louise Huff in the cast. This film was remade in 1920 under the title She Couldn't Help It , by Realart Pictures Corp. (see ... More Less

One reviewer described the film as five reels long. Modern sources credit Edwin S. Porter with the photography and include Louise Huff in the cast. This film was remade in 1920 under the title She Couldn't Help It , by Realart Pictures Corp. (see below). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPW
13 Sep 13
p. 1186.
MPW
20 Sep 13
p. 1246, 1266
MPW
4 Oct 13
p. 72.
NYDM
17 Sep 13
p. 28.
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PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
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PHOTOGRAPHY
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LITERARY
Based on the novel In the Bishop's Carriage by Miriam Michelson (Indianapolis, 1904).
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 September 1913
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Cruelly abused by the matron, Nance Olden decides to escape the Charity House. Pursued by the police, she by chance seeks refuge in the apartment of Tom Dorgan, a crook, and the two form a partnership in crime. They are successful until Nance, in eluding the police after a jewel robbery, jumps into a bishop's carriage. Eventually, a theatrical agent named Obermuller offers Nance a role on the stage and persuades her to go straight. Nance soon becomes a famous actress, and her affections for her benefactor grow, but Tom struggles to retain her loyalty until he is arrested and sent to Sing Sing. Tom later escapes and attempts to reclaim his old partner, but Obermuller defeats his purpose, and he sails away to India for good. All temptation finally overcome, Nance happily marries ... +


Cruelly abused by the matron, Nance Olden decides to escape the Charity House. Pursued by the police, she by chance seeks refuge in the apartment of Tom Dorgan, a crook, and the two form a partnership in crime. They are successful until Nance, in eluding the police after a jewel robbery, jumps into a bishop's carriage. Eventually, a theatrical agent named Obermuller offers Nance a role on the stage and persuades her to go straight. Nance soon becomes a famous actress, and her affections for her benefactor grow, but Tom struggles to retain her loyalty until he is arrested and sent to Sing Sing. Tom later escapes and attempts to reclaim his old partner, but Obermuller defeats his purpose, and he sails away to India for good. All temptation finally overcome, Nance happily marries Obermuller. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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