The World's Great Snare (1916)

Drama | 25 June 1916

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HISTORY

Copyright records list Hugh Ford as the film's author, but Ford, as Famous Player's director-general was probably listed as author for copyright purposes only. The Var review credits Robert G. Vignola as director, but all other reviews credit ... More Less

Copyright records list Hugh Ford as the film's author, but Ford, as Famous Player's director-general was probably listed as author for copyright purposes only. The Var review credits Robert G. Vignola as director, but all other reviews credit Kaufman. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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Motog
8 Jul 16
p. 98.
MPN
8 Jul 16
p. 110.
MPW
8 Jul 16
p. 263.
NYDM
7 Aug 1916.
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Variety
30 Jun 16
p. 19.
Wid's
6 Jul 1916.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The World's Great Snare by E. Phillips Oppenheim (London, 1896).
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 June 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players Film Co.
Copyright Date:
1 June 1916
Copyright Number:
LU8393
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Learning from his dying mother that he is the heir to an English title, Bryan travels to San Francisco to find Huntley, the former butler who possesses the papers that prove Bryan's nobility. Huntley, whose brutality has driven his lover Myra back to her former job as a dance hall girl, gives some of Bryan's papers to the gambler Rutten as a payment for debts. At the dance hall where Myra works, Bryan defends her from Rutten's sexual aggressions and subsequently becomes her lover, although word of her reputation as a promiscuous woman causes him to leave her behind when he takes a job in the mines. Myra follows him, however, and, learning of his mission, decides to recover the papers for him, even though she will lose him if she succeeds. Huntley is killed by one of his enemies, and Myra, who finds his body when she takes the documents, is accused of the murder. She escapes the law with Bryan's help and acquires the remaining documents from Rutten by promising that she will become his mistress after Bryan leaves. Delighted to receive the documents, Bryan nevertheless decides at the last minute not to leave for England, returning to Myra just as she is about to go to ... +


Learning from his dying mother that he is the heir to an English title, Bryan travels to San Francisco to find Huntley, the former butler who possesses the papers that prove Bryan's nobility. Huntley, whose brutality has driven his lover Myra back to her former job as a dance hall girl, gives some of Bryan's papers to the gambler Rutten as a payment for debts. At the dance hall where Myra works, Bryan defends her from Rutten's sexual aggressions and subsequently becomes her lover, although word of her reputation as a promiscuous woman causes him to leave her behind when he takes a job in the mines. Myra follows him, however, and, learning of his mission, decides to recover the papers for him, even though she will lose him if she succeeds. Huntley is killed by one of his enemies, and Myra, who finds his body when she takes the documents, is accused of the murder. She escapes the law with Bryan's help and acquires the remaining documents from Rutten by promising that she will become his mistress after Bryan leaves. Delighted to receive the documents, Bryan nevertheless decides at the last minute not to leave for England, returning to Myra just as she is about to go to Rutten. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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