The Third Degree (1913)

Drama | 29 December 1913

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HISTORY

A modern source attributes the scenario to Clay M. Greene. The Charles Klein play also was the basis of a 1919 Vitagraph film directed by Tom Terris and starring Alice Joyce and Gladden James. A 1926 Warner Bros. film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Dolores Costello and Louise Dresser also was based on the play. The 1919 and 1926 films were both entitled The Third Degree (see ... More Less

A modern source attributes the scenario to Clay M. Greene. The Charles Klein play also was the basis of a 1919 Vitagraph film directed by Tom Terris and starring Alice Joyce and Gladden James. A 1926 Warner Bros. film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Dolores Costello and Louise Dresser also was based on the play. The 1919 and 1926 films were both entitled The Third Degree (see entries). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
Christmas 1913
p. 484, 11 (ad section).
MPN
3 Jan 14
p. 23.
MPW
29 Nov 13
p. 992.
MPW
26 Nov 13
p. 30, 39
MPW
17 Jan 14
p. 332, 334
NYDM
24 Dec 13
p. 32.
NYDM
7 Jan 14
p. 34.
NYDM
4 Feb 14
p. 32.
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 December 1913
Copyright Claimant:
Lubin Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
8 December 1913
Copyright Number:
LU1759
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After leaving the university, college friends Robert Underwood, an aspiring artist, and Howard Jeffries, Jr., the profligate scion of a wealthy family, encounter nothing but misfortune. Recognizing Howard Jeffries, Sr.'s new wife as his former sweetheart, Robert uses her name to establish a clientele, but he is unsuccessful and finally writes that if she refuses him assistance, he will kill himself. Meanwhile, Howard, Jr., having married a waitress named Annie, is cast out by his father, whereupon he gets drunk and falls asleep on Robert's sofa. After Mrs. Jeffries, Sr. appears to deny Robert's request, the latter shoots himself, but Howard is arrested for murder and tortured into a confession by police captain Clinton. Jeffries, Sr. forbids his lawyer, Richard Brewster, to defend the boy, but Annie convinces the attorney to defy the old man. At the trial, hypnosis expert Dr. Bernstein invalidates the confession, after which Mrs. Jeffries produces Robert's desperate letter, thus clearing Howard's ... +


After leaving the university, college friends Robert Underwood, an aspiring artist, and Howard Jeffries, Jr., the profligate scion of a wealthy family, encounter nothing but misfortune. Recognizing Howard Jeffries, Sr.'s new wife as his former sweetheart, Robert uses her name to establish a clientele, but he is unsuccessful and finally writes that if she refuses him assistance, he will kill himself. Meanwhile, Howard, Jr., having married a waitress named Annie, is cast out by his father, whereupon he gets drunk and falls asleep on Robert's sofa. After Mrs. Jeffries, Sr. appears to deny Robert's request, the latter shoots himself, but Howard is arrested for murder and tortured into a confession by police captain Clinton. Jeffries, Sr. forbids his lawyer, Richard Brewster, to defend the boy, but Annie convinces the attorney to defy the old man. At the trial, hypnosis expert Dr. Bernstein invalidates the confession, after which Mrs. Jeffries produces Robert's desperate letter, thus clearing Howard's name. +

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