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HISTORY

According to news items, Brabin's company shot on location in England and France before the outbreak of World War I, photographing scenes in London, Paris, Monte Carlo and Dover. One contemporary critic, however, thought that these scenes were borrowed from other films. The Thomas O'Shaughnessy Co. of Chicago designed the church windows used in one ... More Less

According to news items, Brabin's company shot on location in England and France before the outbreak of World War I, photographing scenes in London, Paris, Monte Carlo and Dover. One contemporary critic, however, thought that these scenes were borrowed from other films. The Thomas O'Shaughnessy Co. of Chicago designed the church windows used in one scene. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
24 Jun 16
p. 1454.
MPW
17 Jun 16
p. 2120
MPW
24 Jun 16
p. 2256.
NYDM
7 Feb 1916.
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NYDM
17 Jun 16
p. 28.
Wid's
15 Jun 16
p. 643.
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LITERARY
Based on the play That Sort by Basil McDonald Hastings (New York, 6 Nov 1914).
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 June 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Essanay Film Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
31 May 1916
Copyright Number:
LP8407
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After attempting suicide, Diana Laska tells her story to Doctor Maxwell, who rescued her. When she was a young actress, who had remained pure despite the temptations of her profession, Diana fell in love with a wealthy, capricious man named Heppell. Although his feelings for her were not serious, the two married and had a child, but Heppell quickly became bored with Diana. Yielding to the temptation of an affair with another man, she eventually became a notorious woman, though one day she realized the error of her ways and returned to her husband for forgiveness. In the meantime, he had divorced her and remarried, wanted nothing to do with her, and, for spite, would not let her see their child. After the suicide attempt, Doctor Maxwell obtains a position for Diana as her daughter's governess in Heppell's house. Many years later her daughter becomes engaged to Philip Goodier, the man with whom Diana had her first affair. She breaks up the relationship by telling Goodier that his fiancée is her daughter. To atone for her sins, Diana promises to leave the Heppell household and never see her daughter ... +


After attempting suicide, Diana Laska tells her story to Doctor Maxwell, who rescued her. When she was a young actress, who had remained pure despite the temptations of her profession, Diana fell in love with a wealthy, capricious man named Heppell. Although his feelings for her were not serious, the two married and had a child, but Heppell quickly became bored with Diana. Yielding to the temptation of an affair with another man, she eventually became a notorious woman, though one day she realized the error of her ways and returned to her husband for forgiveness. In the meantime, he had divorced her and remarried, wanted nothing to do with her, and, for spite, would not let her see their child. After the suicide attempt, Doctor Maxwell obtains a position for Diana as her daughter's governess in Heppell's house. Many years later her daughter becomes engaged to Philip Goodier, the man with whom Diana had her first affair. She breaks up the relationship by telling Goodier that his fiancée is her daughter. To atone for her sins, Diana promises to leave the Heppell household and never see her daughter again. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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