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This film opened at the Vitagraph Theatre in New York on 31 Jan 1915. It was released by V-L-S-E, Inc. on 17 May 1915. It was re-released in 1920 and copyrighted again by Vitagraph under the number LP15221 on 7 Jun ... More Less

This film opened at the Vitagraph Theatre in New York on 31 Jan 1915. It was released by V-L-S-E, Inc. on 17 May 1915. It was re-released in 1920 and copyrighted again by Vitagraph under the number LP15221 on 7 Jun 1920. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
29 May 15
p. 875, 910
MPN
20 Feb 15
p. 48.
MPW
13 Feb 15
p. 993.
MPW
7 Aug 15
p. 81.
NYDM
10 Feb 15
p. 28.
Variety
4 Jun 15
p. 18.
VLP
1 Mar 15
p. 28.
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 May 1915
Copyright Claimant:
The Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
11 February 1915
Copyright Number:
LP4458
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

John Charnock, a wealthy estate owner from Virginia, dies when his yacht catches fire in the South Pacific. Mrs. Charnock and her son John drift to an uninhabited island, where she soon dies. Twenty years later, wealthy Katherine Brenton, who thinks that men and women can have platonic friendships under any conditions, accepts clubman Valentine Langford's offer to test her theory. On his yacht in the South Pacific, Langford attacks her and she knocks him cold. She escapes and lands on John's island, and over the next three years, she educates him. She gradually falls in love and realizes the futility of her doctrines. When Langford's search boat arrives, he claims her because of the two weeks they spent on his yacht. John's love is shaken. Katherine goes to a secret cave to think, and John, believing that she has drowned, goes to Virginia. Langford finds Katherine and proposes. After Katherine refuses him, Langford tells John to return to the island. John finds Katherine and they return to America ... +


John Charnock, a wealthy estate owner from Virginia, dies when his yacht catches fire in the South Pacific. Mrs. Charnock and her son John drift to an uninhabited island, where she soon dies. Twenty years later, wealthy Katherine Brenton, who thinks that men and women can have platonic friendships under any conditions, accepts clubman Valentine Langford's offer to test her theory. On his yacht in the South Pacific, Langford attacks her and she knocks him cold. She escapes and lands on John's island, and over the next three years, she educates him. She gradually falls in love and realizes the futility of her doctrines. When Langford's search boat arrives, he claims her because of the two weeks they spent on his yacht. John's love is shaken. Katherine goes to a secret cave to think, and John, believing that she has drowned, goes to Virginia. Langford finds Katherine and proposes. After Katherine refuses him, Langford tells John to return to the island. John finds Katherine and they return to America reunited. +

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

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