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The working title of this film was The Code of the Mountains . This title appeared in release charts in Oct and Nov 1915 as a film made by the Shubert Film Co., but because it dropped out of the charts abruptly, and because all the reviews occur at the time of the Feb 1916 release, it is not likely that the film was released earlier. This was musical comedy star Mollie King's first film. One review noted that some scenes were shot in the Adirondacks, while a pre-production news item stated that director Thornby would be assisted in his selection of locations in Kentucky by the author, Charles Neville ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Code of the Mountains . This title appeared in release charts in Oct and Nov 1915 as a film made by the Shubert Film Co., but because it dropped out of the charts abruptly, and because all the reviews occur at the time of the Feb 1916 release, it is not likely that the film was released earlier. This was musical comedy star Mollie King's first film. One review noted that some scenes were shot in the Adirondacks, while a pre-production news item stated that director Thornby would be assisted in his selection of locations in Kentucky by the author, Charles Neville Buck. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
26 Feb 16
pp. 480-81.
MPN
14 Aug 15
p. 80.
MPN
4 Mar 16
p. 1320.
MPW
8 Apr 16
p. 276.
MPW
26 Sep 16
p. 1244, 1374
MPW
4 Mar 16
p. 1486.
NYDM
4 Mar 16
p. 29.
Variety
18 Feb 16
p. 22.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Code of the Mountains by Charles Neville Buck (New York, 1915).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Code of the Mountains
Release Date:
21 February 1916
Copyright Claimant:
World Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 February 1916
Copyright Number:
LU7678
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Minerva Rawlins, a wild Kentucky girl, suddenly acquires several stepbrothers and stepsisters when her father marries a widow. The eldest of her new siblings, mountaineer Newt Spooner, has recently returned home after serving time for committing a murder during a feud. Although Newt is obsessed with seeking vengeance against MacAllister Falkins, whose testimony convicted him, Newt is distracted because he falls in love with Minerva, who urges him to forgive Falkins. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, Falkins organizes a volunteer company, which Newt and Red Spooner, Newt's relative, join. Newt plans to get even with Falkins, but Red, and a vision of Minerva, continually restrain him. In the Philippines, Falkins becomes Newt's friend, but Newt still waits for his chance for revenge. When Red deserts and joins the enemy, Newt captures him. He testifies against Red, who dies, and realizes that one can accuse a friend and still care for him. Newt returns and marries Minerva, who in the meantime matured at a boarding ... +


Minerva Rawlins, a wild Kentucky girl, suddenly acquires several stepbrothers and stepsisters when her father marries a widow. The eldest of her new siblings, mountaineer Newt Spooner, has recently returned home after serving time for committing a murder during a feud. Although Newt is obsessed with seeking vengeance against MacAllister Falkins, whose testimony convicted him, Newt is distracted because he falls in love with Minerva, who urges him to forgive Falkins. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, Falkins organizes a volunteer company, which Newt and Red Spooner, Newt's relative, join. Newt plans to get even with Falkins, but Red, and a vision of Minerva, continually restrain him. In the Philippines, Falkins becomes Newt's friend, but Newt still waits for his chance for revenge. When Red deserts and joins the enemy, Newt captures him. He testifies against Red, who dies, and realizes that one can accuse a friend and still care for him. Newt returns and marries Minerva, who in the meantime matured at a boarding school. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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