Pillars of Society (1916)

Drama | 27 August 1916

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HISTORY

The Thanhouser Co. made a short film of Ibsen's play in 1911, and Douglas Sirk directed Stützen der Gesellschaft , a German adaptation of the play, in 1935 for R. N. Film der ... More Less

The Thanhouser Co. made a short film of Ibsen's play in 1911, and Douglas Sirk directed Stützen der Gesellschaft , a German adaptation of the play, in 1935 for R. N. Film der Ufa. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
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Motog
12 Aug 16
p. 394.
MPN
12 Aug 16
p. 944.
MPW
12 Aug 16
p. 1099.
MPW
30 Dec 16
p. 2016.
Variety
4 Aug 16
p. 29.
Wid's
17 Aug 16
p. 792.
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LITERARY
Based on the play Samfundets støtter ( Pillars of Society ) by Henrik Ibsen (Odense, Denmark, 1877).
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Release Date:
27 August 1916
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Norwegian shipping magnate Karsten Bernick prides himself on his value to society, and forgets that, in order to maintain his high standing, he has had to rely on lies and dishonesty. Years before achieving his current status, however, he had an affair with Madame Dorf, resulting in a daughter, after which he convinced his brother-in-law Johan, who was soon to leave the country, to claim to be the girl's father. Then, when Madame Dorf died, Karsten adopted the child. He is terrified, however, that the truth will come out, and so when Johan returns to Norway hoping to clear his name, Karsten decides to kill him. He tries to put him on his most unseaworthy ship, but the plan backfires when Johan boards a different vessel and Karsten's son Olaf stows away on the unsafe one. Rescuers manage to save Olaf, however, after which Karsten, unable to continue lying, confesses to being his adopted daughter's real ... +


Norwegian shipping magnate Karsten Bernick prides himself on his value to society, and forgets that, in order to maintain his high standing, he has had to rely on lies and dishonesty. Years before achieving his current status, however, he had an affair with Madame Dorf, resulting in a daughter, after which he convinced his brother-in-law Johan, who was soon to leave the country, to claim to be the girl's father. Then, when Madame Dorf died, Karsten adopted the child. He is terrified, however, that the truth will come out, and so when Johan returns to Norway hoping to clear his name, Karsten decides to kill him. He tries to put him on his most unseaworthy ship, but the plan backfires when Johan boards a different vessel and Karsten's son Olaf stows away on the unsafe one. Rescuers manage to save Olaf, however, after which Karsten, unable to continue lying, confesses to being his adopted daughter's real father. +

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