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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
15 May 15
p. 808.
MPN
20 Feb 15
p. 34.
MPN
15 May 15
p. 64.
MPW
11 Dec 15
p. 94.
MPW
15 May 15
pp. 1091-92.
NYDM
6 Jan 15
p. 28.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Butterfly by Henry Kitchell Webster (New York, 1914).
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 May 1915
Copyright Claimant:
World Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
5 May 1915
Copyright Number:
LU5272
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A hunchback plots revenge against a beautiful American woman who, while vacationing in Egypt, scorned him. Years later in America, the woman's stepdaughter, Elaine Arthur, is lured into show business by the hunchback, who assists her in becoming a dancer. Accompanied by the hunchback and her suitor John Butler, she tours the country as "The Butterfly." During a performance near Elaine's hometown, her stepmother, sister, and an old admirer appear in the audience. The hunchback, enraged at the sight of the stepmother, follows her to her hotel room and stabs her to death. He then flees and falls from a cliff. The hunchback's murder is blamed on Butler, who escapes with Elaine in a freight car. After detectives trace them to a distant town, Elaine learns that the hunchback confessed before dying. She proves Butler's innocence and they ... +


A hunchback plots revenge against a beautiful American woman who, while vacationing in Egypt, scorned him. Years later in America, the woman's stepdaughter, Elaine Arthur, is lured into show business by the hunchback, who assists her in becoming a dancer. Accompanied by the hunchback and her suitor John Butler, she tours the country as "The Butterfly." During a performance near Elaine's hometown, her stepmother, sister, and an old admirer appear in the audience. The hunchback, enraged at the sight of the stepmother, follows her to her hotel room and stabs her to death. He then flees and falls from a cliff. The hunchback's murder is blamed on Butler, who escapes with Elaine in a freight car. After detectives trace them to a distant town, Elaine learns that the hunchback confessed before dying. She proves Butler's innocence and they marry. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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