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Sherman-Elliott, Inc. released The Crisis in the western half of the United States and sold the film on a state rights basis in the East. According to a contemporary news item, scenes for this production were shot in St. Louis, MO and in Vicksburg, MS. In his impersonation of Abraham Lincoln, Sam D. Drane used Lincoln's dispatch box, which was loaned to him by the War Department. Members of the Mississippi National Guard were used as extras in the film. According to a pre-production news item, Lionel Atwell was to play the part of Clarence Colfax. Matt Snyder, who played Colonel Carvel, was, according to publicity items, an 82-year-old Civil War veteran who had fought in the actual battle of Vicksburg in 1863. A private showing of the film was given at the Strand Theatre in New York on 29 Sep 1916 to a large number of invited guests Another private showing was held in Minneapolis on 22 Dec 1916, and the first public performance of the film was given there on 24 Dec ... More Less

Sherman-Elliott, Inc. released The Crisis in the western half of the United States and sold the film on a state rights basis in the East. According to a contemporary news item, scenes for this production were shot in St. Louis, MO and in Vicksburg, MS. In his impersonation of Abraham Lincoln, Sam D. Drane used Lincoln's dispatch box, which was loaned to him by the War Department. Members of the Mississippi National Guard were used as extras in the film. According to a pre-production news item, Lionel Atwell was to play the part of Clarence Colfax. Matt Snyder, who played Colonel Carvel, was, according to publicity items, an 82-year-old Civil War veteran who had fought in the actual battle of Vicksburg in 1863. A private showing of the film was given at the Strand Theatre in New York on 29 Sep 1916 to a large number of invited guests Another private showing was held in Minneapolis on 22 Dec 1916, and the first public performance of the film was given there on 24 Dec 1916. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
25 Mar 16
p. 719.
Motog
14 Oct 16
p. 884.
MPN
16 Oct 15
p. 46.
MPN
19 Aug 16
p. 1234, 1304
MPN
16 Dec 16
p. 3871.
MPN
23 Dec 16
p. 4022, 4050
MPN
30 Dec 16
p. 4150.
MPW
14 Oct 16
p. 218.
New York Times
26 Feb 17
p. 10.
NYDM
15 Jan 16
p. 24.
NYDM
18 Mar 16
p. 24.
NYDM
3 Jun 16
p. 25.
NYDM
10 Jun 16
p. 25.
NYDM
22 Jul 16
p. 26.
NYDM
2 Sep 16
p. 21.
NYDM
16 Sep 16
p. 19.
NYDM
23 Sep 16
p. 26.
NYDM
7 Oct 16
p. 26.
NYDM
28 Oct 16
p. 29.
NYDM
11 Nov 16
p. 28.
Variety
6 Oct 16
p. 25.
Wid's
5 Oct 16
p. 1010.
DETAILS
Release Date:
December 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Selig Polyscope Co.
Copyright Date:
30 August 1916
Copyright Number:
LP9034
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7-12
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the South, just before the Civil War, Stephen Brice, a lawyer newly arrived from Boston, falls in love with Virginia Carvel, a staunch Southern Democrat. She rejects Stephen, however, because of his abolitionist sympathies, and becomes engaged to the dashing Clarence Colfax. After the war begins, Stephen is wounded while fighting for the Union and then becomes an aide to President Abraham Lincoln. Virginia, meanwhile, becomes less and less interested in Clarence and finally breaks her engagement with him; but when he is captured by Union forces and condemned to death, she goes to Lincoln to plead for his life. Lincoln, wishing to show mercy to the defeated Southern forces, commutes Colfax's sentence. When Virginia then sees that Stephen is the president's aide, the two embrace and look to the ... +


In the South, just before the Civil War, Stephen Brice, a lawyer newly arrived from Boston, falls in love with Virginia Carvel, a staunch Southern Democrat. She rejects Stephen, however, because of his abolitionist sympathies, and becomes engaged to the dashing Clarence Colfax. After the war begins, Stephen is wounded while fighting for the Union and then becomes an aide to President Abraham Lincoln. Virginia, meanwhile, becomes less and less interested in Clarence and finally breaks her engagement with him; but when he is captured by Union forces and condemned to death, she goes to Lincoln to plead for his life. Lincoln, wishing to show mercy to the defeated Southern forces, commutes Colfax's sentence. When Virginia then sees that Stephen is the president's aide, the two embrace and look to the future. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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