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Essanay introduced the technique of animated subtitles in this film. In this technique, subtitles were shown in a blocked off corner of the screen without interfering with the ... More Less

Essanay introduced the technique of animated subtitles in this film. In this technique, subtitles were shown in a blocked off corner of the screen without interfering with the action. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
11 Aug 17
p. 788.
Motog
28 Jul 17
p. 211.
MPN
4 Aug 17
p. 827, 866
MPW
23 Dec 16
p. 3938.
NYDM
28 Jul 17
p. 16.
Wid's
26 Jul 17
p. 473.
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LITERARY
Based on the novelette "The Golden Idiot" by Robert Rudd Whiting in Ainslee's Magazine (Sep 1916).
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 July 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Essanay Film Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
16 July 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11105
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Uncle Woolwich, an eccentric millionaire, wills that his fortune be divided between his nephews, Barry Owen and Walter Woolwich, in proportion to the amount of money that each shall have saved at the time of their uncle's death. Walter, a broker, is prospering while Barry, a reporter, is penniless. With his three-legged dog Pod, Barry starts out to make his fortune. Along the way, he meets Faith Fanshawe, whose car has broken down. Faith gives Barry fifty cents for repairing the machine, and he keeps the money in remembrance of the beautiful girl. Next, Barry meets Jeffery Jarvis, a writer, who gives him shelter. Barry tells the writer his story and Jarvis takes him to his country club. Here Barry again meets Faith and rescues her from drowning. Their friendship grows into love, but Barry is too poor to propose marriage. This situation is remedied when Uncle Woolwich dies at the time when Walter is swamped by the market and is half a million dollars in debt. By the terms of the will, Barry inherits a fortune, and with his new found wealth, marries ... +


Uncle Woolwich, an eccentric millionaire, wills that his fortune be divided between his nephews, Barry Owen and Walter Woolwich, in proportion to the amount of money that each shall have saved at the time of their uncle's death. Walter, a broker, is prospering while Barry, a reporter, is penniless. With his three-legged dog Pod, Barry starts out to make his fortune. Along the way, he meets Faith Fanshawe, whose car has broken down. Faith gives Barry fifty cents for repairing the machine, and he keeps the money in remembrance of the beautiful girl. Next, Barry meets Jeffery Jarvis, a writer, who gives him shelter. Barry tells the writer his story and Jarvis takes him to his country club. Here Barry again meets Faith and rescues her from drowning. Their friendship grows into love, but Barry is too poor to propose marriage. This situation is remedied when Uncle Woolwich dies at the time when Walter is swamped by the market and is half a million dollars in debt. By the terms of the will, Barry inherits a fortune, and with his new found wealth, marries Faith. +

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