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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
2 Oct 15
p. 689, 714
MPN
10 Apr 15
p. 50.
MPN
17 Apr 15
pp. 92-93.
MPN
17 Apr 15
p. 96.
MPN
25 Sep 15
p. 120.
MPW
25 Sep 15
p. 2197.
MPW
2 Oct 15
p. 154.
NYDM
22 Sep 15
p. 30.
VLP
Oct 15
p. 43.
Wid's
21 Oct 15
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
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PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Playing Dead" by Richard Harding Davis in Metropolitan (15 Mar 1915).
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 September 1915
Copyright Claimant:
The Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
4 September 1915
Copyright Number:
LP6296
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

James Blagwin leads the life of the country-club sophisticate until his wife Jeanne succumbs to the influences of Proctor Maddox, a socialist agitator and self-proclaimed champion of women's rights. Jeanne turns away from her husband to follow Maddox, and James, recognizing her change of heart, but loving her no less, concocts a scheme whereby she can marry Maddox without the shame of a divorce. Faking the symptoms of glaucoma, he procures a doctor's diagnosis, then writes Jeanne a letter explaining his desire to end his life and leave her his estate. After devising a phony steamship drowning, James books passage to Germany under another identity only to discover that his will cannot be located. Remembering that he stuck it in a book, he disguises himself as a burglar, breaks into his own home and is "caught" by Jeanne. Full of remorse and new-found love, Jeanne reunites with ... +


James Blagwin leads the life of the country-club sophisticate until his wife Jeanne succumbs to the influences of Proctor Maddox, a socialist agitator and self-proclaimed champion of women's rights. Jeanne turns away from her husband to follow Maddox, and James, recognizing her change of heart, but loving her no less, concocts a scheme whereby she can marry Maddox without the shame of a divorce. Faking the symptoms of glaucoma, he procures a doctor's diagnosis, then writes Jeanne a letter explaining his desire to end his life and leave her his estate. After devising a phony steamship drowning, James books passage to Germany under another identity only to discover that his will cannot be located. Remembering that he stuck it in a book, he disguises himself as a burglar, breaks into his own home and is "caught" by Jeanne. Full of remorse and new-found love, Jeanne reunites with James. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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