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This film had its premiere at the opening of the Vitagraph Theatre in New York on 7 Feb 1914. It stayed there until 13 Apr 1914, after which it was released nationally. Gladys S. Rankin Drew, the author of the play who used the pseudonym of George Cameron, was the wife of Vitagraph star Sidney Drew and the mother of S. Rankin Drew, also a Vitagraph actor who later directed for them. She died on 9 Jan 1914 before the film opened. It was re-issued by V-L-S-E, Inc. on 4 Apr 1917. Warner Bros. produced a film based on the same source, also entitled A Million Bid , in 1927; it was directed by Michael Curtiz and starred Dolores Costello and Warner Oland. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; ... More Less

This film had its premiere at the opening of the Vitagraph Theatre in New York on 7 Feb 1914. It stayed there until 13 Apr 1914, after which it was released nationally. Gladys S. Rankin Drew, the author of the play who used the pseudonym of George Cameron, was the wife of Vitagraph star Sidney Drew and the mother of S. Rankin Drew, also a Vitagraph actor who later directed for them. She died on 9 Jan 1914 before the film opened. It was re-issued by V-L-S-E, Inc. on 4 Apr 1917. Warner Bros. produced a film based on the same source, also entitled A Million Bid , in 1927; it was directed by Michael Curtiz and starred Dolores Costello and Warner Oland. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.3619.) More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
31 Mar 17
p. 1182.
Motog
7 Apr 17
p. 745.
MPN
14 Apr 17
p. 2362.
MPW
14 Feb 14
p. 787.
MPW
11 Apr 14
p. 180, 264
NYDM
14 Jan 14
p. 56.
NYDM
11 Feb 14
p. 30.
NYDM
31 Mar 17
p. 27.
NYDM
22 Apr 17
p. 33.
Variety
13 Feb 14
p. 23.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Broadway Star Features
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Agnes by George Cameron (pseud. of Gladys S. Rankin Drew) (New York, 5 Oct 1908).
DETAILS
Release Date:
April 1914
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
26 November 1913
Copyright Number:
LP2192
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4-5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Mrs. Sidney Belgradin, an extravagant widow, refuses to consent to the marriage of her daughter Agnes to struggling physician Loring Brent. Her interception of their letters causes each to believe that the other has lost interest, so Agnes willingly accompanies her mother abroad to find a rich husband. On her mother's insistence, Agnes marries wealthy Australian wheat magnate Geoffrey Marshe who apparently perishes along with Mrs. Belgradin when his yacht capsizes. Returning to America, Agnes discovers her mother's deception and is reconciled with Loring, whom she marries and with whom she has a son. Five years later, their happiness is interrupted by the appearance of Monsieur de la Mer, a patient of Loring's who suffers from amnesia. Agnes recognizes him as Marshe and begs her husband not to restore his memory through a brain operation. Despite her pleas, Loring performs the operation but Marshe dies of ... +


Mrs. Sidney Belgradin, an extravagant widow, refuses to consent to the marriage of her daughter Agnes to struggling physician Loring Brent. Her interception of their letters causes each to believe that the other has lost interest, so Agnes willingly accompanies her mother abroad to find a rich husband. On her mother's insistence, Agnes marries wealthy Australian wheat magnate Geoffrey Marshe who apparently perishes along with Mrs. Belgradin when his yacht capsizes. Returning to America, Agnes discovers her mother's deception and is reconciled with Loring, whom she marries and with whom she has a son. Five years later, their happiness is interrupted by the appearance of Monsieur de la Mer, a patient of Loring's who suffers from amnesia. Agnes recognizes him as Marshe and begs her husband not to restore his memory through a brain operation. Despite her pleas, Loring performs the operation but Marshe dies of shock. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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