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HISTORY

Although the general release date of this film was 29 Oct 1917, the film had a special limited engagement beginning on 30 Sep 1917 at the Park Theater in New York ... More Less

Although the general release date of this film was 29 Oct 1917, the film had a special limited engagement beginning on 30 Sep 1917 at the Park Theater in New York City. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
27 Oct 17
p. 886.
MPN
3 Sep 17
p. 3130.
MPN
20 Oct 17
p. 2718.
MPW
30 Jun 17
p. 2022, 2113
MPW
27 Oct 17
p. 583.
NYDM
13 Oct 17
p. 18.
Variety
5 Oct 17
p. 42.
Wid's
8 Nov 17
p. 712.
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 October 1917
Copyright Claimant:
World Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
18 October 1917
Copyright Number:
LU11584
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While breaking into a house as a prank, William Lewis and some of his college friends are interrupted by a policeman, whom they accidentally shoot. Will's companion Sid Burns accuses him of the crime, but Will escapes to a distant city where he meets and marries Alice Hamilton. After a year of happiness which sees the birth of his daughter Editha, Will is working as a bank teller when Burns finds him and threatens exposure unless Will agrees to help him rob the bank. During the robbery, Burns is caught and reveals Will's past. Will is arrested and sentenced to twenty years imprisonment, but escapes. After his death is reported, Alice, believing that she is a widow, marries Paul Benton, her former suitor, and several years later, Will arrives in the same city in which Alice is living. He enters her home for the purpose of robbery, but is deterred by the appearance of his little daughter. Paul and Alice, awakened by the noise, come downstairs and find Editha in her father's arms. Brokenhearted, Will runs from the house and is shot by a policeman. Before he dies, Will learns that Burns has confessed to the crime that had destroyed his ... +


While breaking into a house as a prank, William Lewis and some of his college friends are interrupted by a policeman, whom they accidentally shoot. Will's companion Sid Burns accuses him of the crime, but Will escapes to a distant city where he meets and marries Alice Hamilton. After a year of happiness which sees the birth of his daughter Editha, Will is working as a bank teller when Burns finds him and threatens exposure unless Will agrees to help him rob the bank. During the robbery, Burns is caught and reveals Will's past. Will is arrested and sentenced to twenty years imprisonment, but escapes. After his death is reported, Alice, believing that she is a widow, marries Paul Benton, her former suitor, and several years later, Will arrives in the same city in which Alice is living. He enters her home for the purpose of robbery, but is deterred by the appearance of his little daughter. Paul and Alice, awakened by the noise, come downstairs and find Editha in her father's arms. Brokenhearted, Will runs from the house and is shot by a policeman. Before he dies, Will learns that Burns has confessed to the crime that had destroyed his life. +

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

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