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The novel first appeared serially in McClure's Magazine from Nov 1913 to Mar ... More Less

The novel first appeared serially in McClure's Magazine from Nov 1913 to Mar 1914. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
15 Dec 17
p. 1264.
MPW
8 Dec 17
p. 1477.
MPW
15 Dec 17
p. 1678.
MPW
7 Jul 17
p. 135.
NYDM
1 Dec 17
p. 19.
Variety
23 Nov 17
p. 46.
CAST
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SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Anthony the Absolute by Samuel Merwin (New York, 1914).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 December 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Bluebird Photoplays, Inc.
Copyright Date:
20 November 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11735
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While visiting a Geisha house in Japan, Archibald Crocker, a dissolute drunk, meets Anthony Ives Eckhart, a scientist devoting his life to the study of Oriental music. In Crocker's drunken ravings, Anthony learns that he has come to Japan to kill his wife who has deserted him for another man. The next day, Anthony leaves Japan for Peking, and while seated in his hotel room, hears a beautiful voice singing in perfect pitch. Unable to contain his enthusiasm, Anthony bursts into the next room and meets Crocker's wife Heloise. He persuades her to sing into his phonograph, and over the next few weeks, their shared interests gradually blossom into love. Upon learning of Crocker's arrival in Peking, Anthony goes to plead Heloise's case with him. The scientist urges Crocker to grant his wife a legal separation, arguing that she had not truly betrayed him but had separated from her lover immediately after leaving home. Agreeing to consider Anthony's proposition and give him an answer within an hour, Crocker comes to the scientist's hotel, drunk and armed with a knife. He is met on the stairs by Anthony, and in the ensuing struggle, Crocker falls down the stairs and breaks his leg. While he is being carried back to his hotel, Crocker stabs himself with his knife, freeing Heloise to marry ... +


While visiting a Geisha house in Japan, Archibald Crocker, a dissolute drunk, meets Anthony Ives Eckhart, a scientist devoting his life to the study of Oriental music. In Crocker's drunken ravings, Anthony learns that he has come to Japan to kill his wife who has deserted him for another man. The next day, Anthony leaves Japan for Peking, and while seated in his hotel room, hears a beautiful voice singing in perfect pitch. Unable to contain his enthusiasm, Anthony bursts into the next room and meets Crocker's wife Heloise. He persuades her to sing into his phonograph, and over the next few weeks, their shared interests gradually blossom into love. Upon learning of Crocker's arrival in Peking, Anthony goes to plead Heloise's case with him. The scientist urges Crocker to grant his wife a legal separation, arguing that she had not truly betrayed him but had separated from her lover immediately after leaving home. Agreeing to consider Anthony's proposition and give him an answer within an hour, Crocker comes to the scientist's hotel, drunk and armed with a knife. He is met on the stairs by Anthony, and in the ensuing struggle, Crocker falls down the stairs and breaks his leg. While he is being carried back to his hotel, Crocker stabs himself with his knife, freeing Heloise to marry Anthony. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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