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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
30 Dec 16
p. 1450.
MPN
16 Dec 16
p. 3721.
MPN
23 Dec 16
p. 3925.
MPN
6 Mar 15
p. 52.
MPW
23 Dec 16
p. 1860.
MPW
6 Jan 17
p. 97.
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 December 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Essanay Film Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
13 December 1916
Copyright Number:
LP9736
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

British adventurer Stuart Northcote kills the president of a South American republic and then escapes to London pursued by a revenge-minded gang led by the dead man's daughter, Mercia Solano. Desperate to avoid the gang, Stuart pays the impoverished Jack Burton, who looks exactly like him, to take his place while he himself goes underground. Mercia catches up to Jack and falls in love with him when he explains the masquerade, after which she helps him fight off the rest of the gang. Mercia's former accomplices accuse her of a double-cross, and as a result, after learning of the disguise and then killing the real Stuart, they blame the murder on her and Jack. Just before they are hanged, however, one of the gang members confesses, and then, while Mercia and Jack are making plans for their marriage, they learn that Stuart left all of his sizable fortune to the man he hired to impersonate ... +


British adventurer Stuart Northcote kills the president of a South American republic and then escapes to London pursued by a revenge-minded gang led by the dead man's daughter, Mercia Solano. Desperate to avoid the gang, Stuart pays the impoverished Jack Burton, who looks exactly like him, to take his place while he himself goes underground. Mercia catches up to Jack and falls in love with him when he explains the masquerade, after which she helps him fight off the rest of the gang. Mercia's former accomplices accuse her of a double-cross, and as a result, after learning of the disguise and then killing the real Stuart, they blame the murder on her and Jack. Just before they are hanged, however, one of the gang members confesses, and then, while Mercia and Jack are making plans for their marriage, they learn that Stuart left all of his sizable fortune to the man he hired to impersonate him. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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