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Contemporary sources cite this film as the first production of the Favorite Players Film Co. and the first release of Alliance ... More Less

Contemporary sources cite this film as the first production of the Favorite Players Film Co. and the first release of Alliance Films. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
3 Oct 14
p. 483.
Motog
17 Oct 14
p. 545.
Motog
24 Oct 14
p. 560.
MPN
9 Jan 15
p. 57, 89
MPW
17 Oct 14
p. 348.
MPW
19 Dec 14
p. 1748.
NYDM
14 Oct 14
p. 30.
Variety
23 Oct 14
p. 25.
CAST
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PHOTOGRAPHY
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Key to Yesterday by Charles Neville Buck (New York, 1910).
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 October 1914
Copyright Claimant:
Favorite Players Film Co.
Copyright Date:
6 October 1914
Copyright Number:
LU3475
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Frederick Marston, an unhappily married Parisian artist, is unable to paint after he is stabbed in the right palm by a jealous model. He then travels to the United States where he is assaulted by robbers and loses his memory. Assuming the name of Robert Anglo-Saxon, he becomes the protégé of Steel, a rich American,and then wins the love of Duska Filson, a socialite. At a dinner party, Saxon meets Señor Roberto, who mistakes him for George Carter, a wounded, fugitive South American revolutionary whom Roberto had condemned to death. In order to ascertain his true identity, Marston goes to South America and consults with an American diplomat, who assures him that the revolutionary was wounded in the left hand. His visit to South America coincides with renewed civil strife and Saxon is wounded and sent to France. In Paris, Saxon uses a key, his only link to the past, in many doors until it finally unlocks his old studio. There he finds his students, and his father-in-law, who informs him that his wife is dying. With his memory restored, Marston rushes to his wife, where he finds Duska at the dead woman's side. Seeing his grief, Duska then ... +


Frederick Marston, an unhappily married Parisian artist, is unable to paint after he is stabbed in the right palm by a jealous model. He then travels to the United States where he is assaulted by robbers and loses his memory. Assuming the name of Robert Anglo-Saxon, he becomes the protégé of Steel, a rich American,and then wins the love of Duska Filson, a socialite. At a dinner party, Saxon meets Señor Roberto, who mistakes him for George Carter, a wounded, fugitive South American revolutionary whom Roberto had condemned to death. In order to ascertain his true identity, Marston goes to South America and consults with an American diplomat, who assures him that the revolutionary was wounded in the left hand. His visit to South America coincides with renewed civil strife and Saxon is wounded and sent to France. In Paris, Saxon uses a key, his only link to the past, in many doors until it finally unlocks his old studio. There he finds his students, and his father-in-law, who informs him that his wife is dying. With his memory restored, Marston rushes to his wife, where he finds Duska at the dead woman's side. Seeing his grief, Duska then leaves. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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