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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
21 Nov 14
p. 719.
Moving Picture World
3 Jun 1914
p. 30.
MPN
24 Oct 14
p. 70.
MPN
9 Jan 15
p. 57.
NYDM
28 Oct 1914
p. 33.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Span of Life by Sutton Vane (New York, 16 Jan 1893).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 December 1914
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4-5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Dunston Leech, a gambler, wants to marry his mother's ward, Kate Heathcote, but she prefers Richard Blunt, who tutors Dunston's crippled half brother Cecil. Dunston poisons some grapes meant for Cecil, killing him. Richard then convinces Kate to marry him immediately and go with him to South Africa, accompanied by three ex-acrobats. Dunston follows, and with a small band of Arabs, abducts Kate and her child. They are rescued by Richard and the acrobats who form a human chain over a chasm on which Kate and the child escape. Kate believes that Richard has died during their flight so she returns to England where she is given a silver box by Mrs. Jeff, Cecil's mother. Dunston tries to steal the box because it contains the hypodermic needle he used to poison Cecil, but he is caught and takes a lethal dose of morphine to avoid punishment for the ... +


Dunston Leech, a gambler, wants to marry his mother's ward, Kate Heathcote, but she prefers Richard Blunt, who tutors Dunston's crippled half brother Cecil. Dunston poisons some grapes meant for Cecil, killing him. Richard then convinces Kate to marry him immediately and go with him to South Africa, accompanied by three ex-acrobats. Dunston follows, and with a small band of Arabs, abducts Kate and her child. They are rescued by Richard and the acrobats who form a human chain over a chasm on which Kate and the child escape. Kate believes that Richard has died during their flight so she returns to England where she is given a silver box by Mrs. Jeff, Cecil's mother. Dunston tries to steal the box because it contains the hypodermic needle he used to poison Cecil, but he is caught and takes a lethal dose of morphine to avoid punishment for the crime. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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