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Terhune's story was published as a novel in 1917. According to publicity for the film, Fannie Ward wore the same wedding gown in this film that she wore when she married her first husband, Joe Lewis, a South American diamond mine owner. Sources conflict on the name of the character played by Jack Dean. Reviews refer to him as "Direk Mead," while items in the Paramount studio records list him as "Dirck Mead." Some contemporary reviews credit Thew with the scenario as well as the adaptation, but items in the Paramount studio records indicate that de Mille and Osmun wrote the ... More Less

Terhune's story was published as a novel in 1917. According to publicity for the film, Fannie Ward wore the same wedding gown in this film that she wore when she married her first husband, Joe Lewis, a South American diamond mine owner. Sources conflict on the name of the character played by Jack Dean. Reviews refer to him as "Direk Mead," while items in the Paramount studio records list him as "Dirck Mead." Some contemporary reviews credit Thew with the scenario as well as the adaptation, but items in the Paramount studio records indicate that de Mille and Osmun wrote the scenario. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
9 Dec 16
p. 54.
MPN
2 Dec 16
p. 3493.
MPW
2 Dec 16
p. 1343, 1384
NYDM
27 Oct 17
p. 18.
Wid's
23 Nov 16
p. 1123.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "The Years of the Locust" by Albert Payson Terhune in The Green Book Magazine (Nov 1915).
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 November 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co.
Copyright Date:
3 November 1916
Copyright Number:
LP9456
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Despite her love for penniless Dirck Mead, Lorraine marries wealthy Aaron Roth to save her family from financial ruin. Roth, however, is a swindler who, while trying to escape the wrath of the law, jumps from a ship and is declared dead. Mead, now a diamond magnate, finds Lorraine in New York, marries her and takes her to live in South Africa, where, as it happens, Roth, who survived his leap from the ship, is currently conducting his shady business. Roth discovers Lorraine's situation and threatens her with exposure, and Lorraine is about to leave Mead when she learns of Roth's plan to steal a valuable diamond that Mead is escorting to the city. Summoning help, Lorraine reaches Mead in time to thwart the robbery. Roth is killed in the fight, and Lorraine is spared the task of resolving her marital ... +


Despite her love for penniless Dirck Mead, Lorraine marries wealthy Aaron Roth to save her family from financial ruin. Roth, however, is a swindler who, while trying to escape the wrath of the law, jumps from a ship and is declared dead. Mead, now a diamond magnate, finds Lorraine in New York, marries her and takes her to live in South Africa, where, as it happens, Roth, who survived his leap from the ship, is currently conducting his shady business. Roth discovers Lorraine's situation and threatens her with exposure, and Lorraine is about to leave Mead when she learns of Roth's plan to steal a valuable diamond that Mead is escorting to the city. Summoning help, Lorraine reaches Mead in time to thwart the robbery. Roth is killed in the fight, and Lorraine is spared the task of resolving her marital status. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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