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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
1 Jul 16
p. 41.
MPN
8 Jul 16
pp. 110-11.
MPW
24 Jun 16
p. 2306.
MPW
16 Jun 17
p. 34.
NYDM
1 Jul 16
p. 44.
Variety
30 Jun 16
p. 19.
Wid's
8 Jul 16
p. 675.
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 June 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Selig Polyscope Co.
Copyright Date:
17 June 1916
Copyright Number:
LP8554
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

To defend the honor of Judith Fairfax, a Virginia beauty, John Valiant challenges Edward Sassoon to a duel during an antebellum ball. John promises Judith not to kill Edward, but when the smoke clears, Sassoon lies dead and John must flee North. Before he leaves, John entrusts Major Bristow to deliver an explanatory note to Judith, but, torn by his own desire for the Southern belle, Bristow pockets the letter instead. In the North, John founds a successful business and marries, but his young wife dies while giving birth to a son. Filled with hatred for John, Judith marries Tom Dandridge and has a daughter, Shirley. Twenty-five years later, John, Jr., now head of the Valiant Corporation, becomes engaged to Katherine Fargo. In order to save his company during a business panic, John must stake his entire fortune and, with his financial situation looking dim, loses Katherine's interest. In despair, John returns to his father's estate and falls in love with Shirley Dandridge. To rekindle her romance with John, Katherine tells Shirley of the family feud and Shirley suddenly cools toward John. On his deathbed, Barstow finally gives Judith John's letter in which John reveals that Edward had shot himself during the duel. Happily enlightened, John and Shirley are ... +


To defend the honor of Judith Fairfax, a Virginia beauty, John Valiant challenges Edward Sassoon to a duel during an antebellum ball. John promises Judith not to kill Edward, but when the smoke clears, Sassoon lies dead and John must flee North. Before he leaves, John entrusts Major Bristow to deliver an explanatory note to Judith, but, torn by his own desire for the Southern belle, Bristow pockets the letter instead. In the North, John founds a successful business and marries, but his young wife dies while giving birth to a son. Filled with hatred for John, Judith marries Tom Dandridge and has a daughter, Shirley. Twenty-five years later, John, Jr., now head of the Valiant Corporation, becomes engaged to Katherine Fargo. In order to save his company during a business panic, John must stake his entire fortune and, with his financial situation looking dim, loses Katherine's interest. In despair, John returns to his father's estate and falls in love with Shirley Dandridge. To rekindle her romance with John, Katherine tells Shirley of the family feud and Shirley suddenly cools toward John. On his deathbed, Barstow finally gives Judith John's letter in which John reveals that Edward had shot himself during the duel. Happily enlightened, John and Shirley are reconciled. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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