The Man Behind the Door (1915)

Comedy | January 1915

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HISTORY

The 5 Dec 1914 issues of Motography and Motion Picture News announced the film’s New York City debut on 22 Nov 1914 at the Vitagraph Theatre. The latter article noted that the screen adaptation by Marguerite Bertsch adhered closely to the 1907 source novel, The Man Behind the Door by Archibald Clavering Gunter. Audience response was reportedly enthusiastic, as was a review in the 19 Dec 1915 Motion Picture News. However, the 28 Nov 1914 Var argued that the comedy could not sustain itself for four reels.
       An advertisement in the 27 Feb 1915 Moving Picture World stated that the film was in general release, although no date was specified.
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The 5 Dec 1914 issues of Motography and Motion Picture News announced the film’s New York City debut on 22 Nov 1914 at the Vitagraph Theatre. The latter article noted that the screen adaptation by Marguerite Bertsch adhered closely to the 1907 source novel, The Man Behind the Door by Archibald Clavering Gunter. Audience response was reportedly enthusiastic, as was a review in the 19 Dec 1915 Motion Picture News. However, the 28 Nov 1914 Var argued that the comedy could not sustain itself for four reels.
       An advertisement in the 27 Feb 1915 Moving Picture World stated that the film was in general release, although no date was specified.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
5 Dec 1914
p. 26
Motion Picture News
19 Dec 1914
p. 108
Motion Picture News
9 Jan 1915
p. 62
Motography
5 Dec 1914
p. 764
Motography
12 Dec 1914
p. 804
Motography
9 Jan 1915
p. 77
Moving Picture World
5 Dec 1914
p. 1394
Moving Picture World
20 Feb 1915
p. 1171
Moving Picture World
27 Feb 1915
p. 1257
NYDM
2 Dec 1914
p. 28
Variety
28 Nov 1914
p. 24
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Broadway Star Feature
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
Dir
WRITER
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Man Behind the Door by Archibald Clavering Gunter (New York, 1907).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
January 1915
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 22 Nov 1914
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Vitagraph Co. of America
8 December 1914
LP3911
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

College student Maria Pierson is in love with rowing team champion Jack de Lacy, although her strict father, Professor Pierson, frowns on the romance. While sitting beside a river, Jack goes to his rescue of wealthy New York City playboy George Kelsey, who fall from his yacht. Jack returns to shore before learning the identity of the man he saved, and George is determined to find his mysterious benefactor. After returning to the city, George unwittingly becomes a rival for Maria's affections. Jack and Maria quarrel, and he turns his attention toward the widowed Alice Montague Marvin during a performance of the opera, Tosca. One evening, they all converge on the home of Alice’s fiancé, Charles B. Livingston, before attending a masked ball. Following several instances of mistaken identity and misinterpretation of events, George discovers that Jack was his rescuer, and ends his relationship with Maria. She and Jack are reunited, with a promise from George to provide for their future. Professor Pierson gives the couple his blessing, then pursues a romance with spinster Lavinia Backsetter. ...

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College student Maria Pierson is in love with rowing team champion Jack de Lacy, although her strict father, Professor Pierson, frowns on the romance. While sitting beside a river, Jack goes to his rescue of wealthy New York City playboy George Kelsey, who fall from his yacht. Jack returns to shore before learning the identity of the man he saved, and George is determined to find his mysterious benefactor. After returning to the city, George unwittingly becomes a rival for Maria's affections. Jack and Maria quarrel, and he turns his attention toward the widowed Alice Montague Marvin during a performance of the opera, Tosca. One evening, they all converge on the home of Alice’s fiancé, Charles B. Livingston, before attending a masked ball. Following several instances of mistaken identity and misinterpretation of events, George discovers that Jack was his rescuer, and ends his relationship with Maria. She and Jack are reunited, with a promise from George to provide for their future. Professor Pierson gives the couple his blessing, then pursues a romance with spinster Lavinia Backsetter.

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

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