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The 21 Feb 1914 Motion Picture News announced that theatrical producer and actor William A. Brady had formed a “Million-Dollar Concern” devoted to making film versions of popular stage plays. Among his first releases was the 1868 melodrama, After Dark by Dion Boucicault. According to the 7 Aug 1915 Moving Picture World, it was “universally decided” that Alec B. Francis assume the role of “Old Tom,” as he was best qualified to portray the character through various stages of development, from young army officer to “drunken old sot” before achieving redemption. The character was portrayed on stage by Brady some years earlier. Although the 16 Jan 1915 Motography claimed that Brady was in the process of adapting the play, the scenario was credited to E. M. Ingleton.
       The 29 May 1915 Motion Picture News reported that director Frederic “Bing” Thompson oversaw a series of elaborate battle sequences, including the firing of howitzer cannons, on 9 May 1915 at Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, NY. The 3 Jul 1915 issue noted the picture’s scheduled 12 Jul 1915 release.
       Although the film garnered generally positive reviews, the 24 Jul 1915 Motion Picture News noted that some of the situations portrayed onscreen were either illogical or impossible. Cast member Bertram Marburgh was listed as “Bertrart Marburgh.”
       Weeks later, the 4 Sep 1915 Pictures and the Picturegoer announced the recent completion of a Warwick Buckland-M.I.B. production, also titled After Dark, starring Flora Morris, Harry Royston, and Harry ... More Less

The 21 Feb 1914 Motion Picture News announced that theatrical producer and actor William A. Brady had formed a “Million-Dollar Concern” devoted to making film versions of popular stage plays. Among his first releases was the 1868 melodrama, After Dark by Dion Boucicault. According to the 7 Aug 1915 Moving Picture World, it was “universally decided” that Alec B. Francis assume the role of “Old Tom,” as he was best qualified to portray the character through various stages of development, from young army officer to “drunken old sot” before achieving redemption. The character was portrayed on stage by Brady some years earlier. Although the 16 Jan 1915 Motography claimed that Brady was in the process of adapting the play, the scenario was credited to E. M. Ingleton.
       The 29 May 1915 Motion Picture News reported that director Frederic “Bing” Thompson oversaw a series of elaborate battle sequences, including the firing of howitzer cannons, on 9 May 1915 at Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, NY. The 3 Jul 1915 issue noted the picture’s scheduled 12 Jul 1915 release.
       Although the film garnered generally positive reviews, the 24 Jul 1915 Motion Picture News noted that some of the situations portrayed onscreen were either illogical or impossible. Cast member Bertram Marburgh was listed as “Bertrart Marburgh.”
       Weeks later, the 4 Sep 1915 Pictures and the Picturegoer announced the recent completion of a Warwick Buckland-M.I.B. production, also titled After Dark, starring Flora Morris, Harry Royston, and Harry Morris.
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DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
21 Feb 1914
p. 32
Motion Picture News
29 May 1915
p. 48
Motion Picture News
3 Jul 1915
p. 95
Motion Picture News
24 Jul 1915
p. 70
Motography
16 Jan 1915
p. 100
Motography
24 Jul 1915
p. 186
Moving Picture World
5 Sep 1914
p. 1356
Moving Picture World
17 Jul 1915
p. 508
Moving Picture World
24 Jul 1915
p. 730
Moving Picture World
7 Aug 1915
p. 1010
Moving Picture World
30 Oct 1915
p. 858
NYDM
14 Jul 15
p. 33
Pictures and the Picturegoer
4 Sep 1915
p. 426
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 July 1915
Production Date:
May 1915
Copyright Claimant:
World Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
3 September 1915
Copyright Number:
LU6270
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During the Spanish-American War, cowardly Lieutenant Richard Bellamy absconds with his regiment's funds, returns to America, and seduces the wife of fellow officer Frank Dalton. Dalton returns to discover his wife's infidelity and, broken by the news, becomes a drifter, taking odd jobs and sleeping in gutters. After Bellamy deserts Mrs. Dalton, who dies, he takes Dalton's daughter Fanny and teams up with Norris, a gambler. The two men blackmail George Medhurst for forging his father's name on a check. Medhurst falls in love with Fanny, and marries her after his father dies and leaves an inheritance. However, Medhurst deserts Fanny upon discovering that the will stipulates that he marry his father's choice, Rose Edgerton. After Dalton, now known as Old Tom, saves Medhurst from an approaching subway train, and Fanny from drowning, Bellamy and Norris, responsible for the murder attempts, are traced through the forged check and arrested. Rose gives Medhurst his inheritance, advising him to return to Fanny, and Old Tom comes to live with his daughter and new ... +


During the Spanish-American War, cowardly Lieutenant Richard Bellamy absconds with his regiment's funds, returns to America, and seduces the wife of fellow officer Frank Dalton. Dalton returns to discover his wife's infidelity and, broken by the news, becomes a drifter, taking odd jobs and sleeping in gutters. After Bellamy deserts Mrs. Dalton, who dies, he takes Dalton's daughter Fanny and teams up with Norris, a gambler. The two men blackmail George Medhurst for forging his father's name on a check. Medhurst falls in love with Fanny, and marries her after his father dies and leaves an inheritance. However, Medhurst deserts Fanny upon discovering that the will stipulates that he marry his father's choice, Rose Edgerton. After Dalton, now known as Old Tom, saves Medhurst from an approaching subway train, and Fanny from drowning, Bellamy and Norris, responsible for the murder attempts, are traced through the forged check and arrested. Rose gives Medhurst his inheritance, advising him to return to Fanny, and Old Tom comes to live with his daughter and new son-in-law. +

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