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Nat C. Goodwin starred in the stage version of this film. This was the first film of the Premo Feature Film ... More Less

Nat C. Goodwin starred in the stage version of this film. This was the first film of the Premo Feature Film Co. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
21 Aug 15
p. 365.
Motog
28 Aug 15
p. 440.
MPN
21 Aug 15
p. 84.
MPW
23 Oct 15
p. 3, 61
NYDM
18 Aug 15
p. 34.
Variety
20 Aug 15
p. 20.
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 August 1915
Copyright Claimant:
World Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
23 February 1917
Copyright Number:
LU10246
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

James Rallston marries a rich invalid widow who has a small daughter named Jean, but she refuses to give him control of her assets. Rallston conspires with Miss Lane, who is Mrs. Rallston's doctor and is in love with Rallston, to give his wife drugs to create a mental affliction and has her incarcerated in a sanitarium run by the unscrupulous Dr. Garside. Fifteen years later, Rallston loses Jean's fortune in speculation. After he offers her as a wife to master broker John Bigelow, with the condition that Bigelow recover the fortune, Jean, who loves architect Ed Pembroke, causes Bigelow to believe that Mrs. Rallston is alive and well. Bigelow manipulates the market to restore Jean's fortune and then locates Garside's sanitarium. Masquerading as a butler who obsessively spouts Shakespeare, Bigelow is admitted. When he has his own doctor vouch for Mrs. Rallston's sanity, Garside flees. Rallston, hurrying there in his car, plunges down an embankment and dies. After Miss Lane confesses, mother and daughter are reunited, Jean plans to marry Ed, and Bigelow is content with his cute little niece and his St. ... +


James Rallston marries a rich invalid widow who has a small daughter named Jean, but she refuses to give him control of her assets. Rallston conspires with Miss Lane, who is Mrs. Rallston's doctor and is in love with Rallston, to give his wife drugs to create a mental affliction and has her incarcerated in a sanitarium run by the unscrupulous Dr. Garside. Fifteen years later, Rallston loses Jean's fortune in speculation. After he offers her as a wife to master broker John Bigelow, with the condition that Bigelow recover the fortune, Jean, who loves architect Ed Pembroke, causes Bigelow to believe that Mrs. Rallston is alive and well. Bigelow manipulates the market to restore Jean's fortune and then locates Garside's sanitarium. Masquerading as a butler who obsessively spouts Shakespeare, Bigelow is admitted. When he has his own doctor vouch for Mrs. Rallston's sanity, Garside flees. Rallston, hurrying there in his car, plunges down an embankment and dies. After Miss Lane confesses, mother and daughter are reunited, Jean plans to marry Ed, and Bigelow is content with his cute little niece and his St. Bernard. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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