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This was the first release of the Regent Feature Film Co. The film was remade in 1919 by the Fox Film Corp. (see listing ... More Less

This was the first release of the Regent Feature Film Co. The film was remade in 1919 by the Fox Film Corp. (see listing below). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
18 Sep 14
p. 19.
Motog
25 Jul 14
p. 118.
MPN
18 Jul 14
p. 50.
Variety
10 Jul 14
p. 20.
DETAILS
Release Date:
July 1914
Copyright Claimant:
Regent Feature Film Co.
Copyright Date:
8 September 1914
Copyright Number:
LU3329
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Geraldine and Beatrice are the twin daughters of Hetherly, the rector of an English village. Beatrice, the more frivolous of the two, elopes to London with a ne'er-do-well, but when he deserts her, she returns home, only to be renounced by her father. After his death, Geraldine marries Philip Calthorpe, whose titled family disinherits him. Beatrice returns to London and becomes the hostess at Renard Duval's gambling house where she is known as "La Belle Russe." After going to France with wealthy artist Robert St. Omar and giving birth to a daughter, Beatrice leaves and returns to Duval when St. Omar becomes penniless. St. Omar then places his daughter in a convent and kills Duval in a duel, after which he regains his wealth and becomes engaged to an heiress. Beatrice shoots St. Omar just before his wedding and although he recovers, the heiress spurns him. Meanwhile, Geraldine is injured in a fire and entrusts her husband's photograph and letters to her sister. When Lady Calthorpe looks for Geraldine, Beatrice assumes her sister's place. Calthorpe, who meets St. Omar while both are in the army in India, returns home and ignorant of Beatrice's identity, accepts her as his wife. She is eventually unmasked by St. Omar, however, who orders her out, and Geraldine, now recovered, is reunited with her ... +


Geraldine and Beatrice are the twin daughters of Hetherly, the rector of an English village. Beatrice, the more frivolous of the two, elopes to London with a ne'er-do-well, but when he deserts her, she returns home, only to be renounced by her father. After his death, Geraldine marries Philip Calthorpe, whose titled family disinherits him. Beatrice returns to London and becomes the hostess at Renard Duval's gambling house where she is known as "La Belle Russe." After going to France with wealthy artist Robert St. Omar and giving birth to a daughter, Beatrice leaves and returns to Duval when St. Omar becomes penniless. St. Omar then places his daughter in a convent and kills Duval in a duel, after which he regains his wealth and becomes engaged to an heiress. Beatrice shoots St. Omar just before his wedding and although he recovers, the heiress spurns him. Meanwhile, Geraldine is injured in a fire and entrusts her husband's photograph and letters to her sister. When Lady Calthorpe looks for Geraldine, Beatrice assumes her sister's place. Calthorpe, who meets St. Omar while both are in the army in India, returns home and ignorant of Beatrice's identity, accepts her as his wife. She is eventually unmasked by St. Omar, however, who orders her out, and Geraldine, now recovered, is reunited with her husband. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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