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This film was re-released by Victor Kremer Film Features in 1920 to the state rights ... More Less

This film was re-released by Victor Kremer Film Features in 1920 to the state rights market. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
20 Nov 15
p. 1062.
Motog
4 Dec 15
p. 1191, 1212
MPN
6 Nov 15
p. 63.
MPN
27 Feb 15
p. 42, 51
MPW
4 Dec 15
p. 1845, 1912
NYDM
11 Dec 15
p. 28.
Variety
10 Dec 15
p. 21.
CAST
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Alster Case by Rufus Gillmore (New York, 1914).
DETAILS
Release Date:
6 December 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Essanay Film Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
17 November 1915
Copyright Number:
LP7001
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Cornelia Alster, an eccentric, wealthy spinster, withdraws her business from a firm of lawyers and secretly names George Swan, a young clerk in the firm, as executor of her estate. That evening, she attends the theater with Swan and, upon arriving home, notices her two wards, Beatrice and Linda, entertaining two men. Beatrice is talking with her sweetheart, Allen Longstreet, a young inventor, while Linda is arguing with Keith, the butler, who is attempting to blackmail her. When they hear Miss Alster approach, the girls hide the men in their rooms. Miss Alster threatens to throw the girls out the next day and spies on the two couples, but fails to identify the men. The next morning, she is found dead, and Trask, a celebrated private detective, is engaged by Swan. Trask investigates clues leading him to suspect and then exonerate the girls, Longstreet, the butler and the maid. When he remembers that Swan announced the murder before anyone told him about it, Swan confesses that he killed Miss Alster to save the reputations of the girls, whom he hopelessly ... +


Cornelia Alster, an eccentric, wealthy spinster, withdraws her business from a firm of lawyers and secretly names George Swan, a young clerk in the firm, as executor of her estate. That evening, she attends the theater with Swan and, upon arriving home, notices her two wards, Beatrice and Linda, entertaining two men. Beatrice is talking with her sweetheart, Allen Longstreet, a young inventor, while Linda is arguing with Keith, the butler, who is attempting to blackmail her. When they hear Miss Alster approach, the girls hide the men in their rooms. Miss Alster threatens to throw the girls out the next day and spies on the two couples, but fails to identify the men. The next morning, she is found dead, and Trask, a celebrated private detective, is engaged by Swan. Trask investigates clues leading him to suspect and then exonerate the girls, Longstreet, the butler and the maid. When he remembers that Swan announced the murder before anyone told him about it, Swan confesses that he killed Miss Alster to save the reputations of the girls, whom he hopelessly loved. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Detective


Subject

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

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