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According to modern sources, Viola Mallory was the editor of this ... More Less

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
6 Oct 17
p. 737.
MPN
22 Sep 17
pp. 2039-40.
MPW
22 Sep 17
pp. 1859-60, 1898
NYDM
21 Oct 16
p. 26.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel An Alabaster Box by Mary Eleanor (Wilkins) Freeman, Florence Morse Kingsley (New York, 1917).
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 September 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
8 September 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11360
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Andrew Bolton, a progressive capitalist, enriches Brookville, a small New England town, by providing employment, but when he attempts to expand his operations, the townspeople fail to support him. When he loses his fortune and the money of others, he is imprisoned for embezzlement. Bolton's daughter Lydia goes to live with a wealthy uncle. Eighteen years later, after the uncle's death, Lydia returns to Brookville under an assumed name and purchases the Bolton estate, now neglected, with money inherited from her uncle. Lydia generously donates to local charities, and pays high prices to recover the estate's furnishings. Hostile factions in the town emerge as some distrust Lydia's motives, while others support her. When her father, having served his time, returns a broken man, Lydia tries to conceal him, but Bolton, now senile, proclaims his identity in the country store. A mob rushes to lynch Bolton and destroy the restored house, because they think that Lydia's money really belongs to them. As he denounces the mob, Bolton suffers a fatal heart attack. The mob disperses and the people now accept ... +


Andrew Bolton, a progressive capitalist, enriches Brookville, a small New England town, by providing employment, but when he attempts to expand his operations, the townspeople fail to support him. When he loses his fortune and the money of others, he is imprisoned for embezzlement. Bolton's daughter Lydia goes to live with a wealthy uncle. Eighteen years later, after the uncle's death, Lydia returns to Brookville under an assumed name and purchases the Bolton estate, now neglected, with money inherited from her uncle. Lydia generously donates to local charities, and pays high prices to recover the estate's furnishings. Hostile factions in the town emerge as some distrust Lydia's motives, while others support her. When her father, having served his time, returns a broken man, Lydia tries to conceal him, but Bolton, now senile, proclaims his identity in the country store. A mob rushes to lynch Bolton and destroy the restored house, because they think that Lydia's money really belongs to them. As he denounces the mob, Bolton suffers a fatal heart attack. The mob disperses and the people now accept Lydia. +

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