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According to Best Plays , Are You a Mason? was based on a German play by Laufe and Kraatz, but its origin is unknown. This film was re-released in 1919 under the Success Series of Famous Players-Lasky. An alternate title of the film was The Joiner . A British-made version from the same play was produced by Universal and released by Olympic in the United States in Nov 1934. It was directed by Henry Edwards and starred Sonnie ... More Less

According to Best Plays , Are You a Mason? was based on a German play by Laufe and Kraatz, but its origin is unknown. This film was re-released in 1919 under the Success Series of Famous Players-Lasky. An alternate title of the film was The Joiner . A British-made version from the same play was produced by Universal and released by Olympic in the United States in Nov 1934. It was directed by Henry Edwards and starred Sonnie Hale. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
19 Dec 14
p. 846.
Motog
27 Mar 15
p. 509.
MPN
20 Mar 15
p. 3.
MPW
17 Jul 15
p. 570.
NYDM
31 Mar 15
p. 28.
Variety
26 Mar 15
p. 24.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Joiner
Release Date:
22 March 1915
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While his wife Helen is away visiting her mother, Frank Perry is nearly arrested when he accidentally enters the wrong house after a night of drinking at his New York club. When Helen returns, Frank tries to pretend that the incident was an initiation rite of the Masons, a society to which his wife has always wanted him to belong. When Helen comes home, she is accompanied by her father who also has pretended to be a Mason for years. Each man acts out supposedly secret Masonic rituals while the other imitates him. After a variety of misadventures, including blackmail, Frank is allowed to join the Masons by Bob Trevors, a real member who wants to marry Helen's sister ... +


While his wife Helen is away visiting her mother, Frank Perry is nearly arrested when he accidentally enters the wrong house after a night of drinking at his New York club. When Helen returns, Frank tries to pretend that the incident was an initiation rite of the Masons, a society to which his wife has always wanted him to belong. When Helen comes home, she is accompanied by her father who also has pretended to be a Mason for years. Each man acts out supposedly secret Masonic rituals while the other imitates him. After a variety of misadventures, including blackmail, Frank is allowed to join the Masons by Bob Trevors, a real member who wants to marry Helen's sister Nora. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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