The Burden of Proof (1918)

Drama | September 1918

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HISTORY

Sardou's play was adapted for the English stage under the title Diplomacy and was first produced in New York on 1 Apr 1878. A prose version of the story appeared serially in leading evening newspapers in New York, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco and Los Angeles at the time of the film's ... More Less

Sardou's play was adapted for the English stage under the title Diplomacy and was first produced in New York on 1 Apr 1878. A prose version of the story appeared serially in leading evening newspapers in New York, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco and Los Angeles at the time of the film's exhibition. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
27 Jul 18
p. 669.
ETR
31 Aug 18
p. 1087.
MPN
21 Sep 18
p. 1919.
MPW
14 Sep 18
p. 1613.
MPW
21 Sep 18
p. 1771.
MPW
28 Sep 18
pp. 1832-33, 1922
NYDM
28 Sep 18
p. 482.
Variety
13 Sep 18
p. 43.
Wid's
8 Sep 18
p. 2.
DETAILS
Release Date:
September 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Marion Davies Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
9 September 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12923
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,100
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Elaine Brooks marries Robert Ames, a member of the United States Department of Justice. The Germans, who are anxious to secure some papers that Robert possesses, employ Viola Durand to get to Robert through Elaine. Viola tricks Elaine into giving her the papers and also procures a letter that seems to establish Elaine as the traitor. George Blair, an official at the Department of Justice, finally tricks Viola into confessing her guilt, thus clearing Elaine's ... +


Elaine Brooks marries Robert Ames, a member of the United States Department of Justice. The Germans, who are anxious to secure some papers that Robert possesses, employ Viola Durand to get to Robert through Elaine. Viola tricks Elaine into giving her the papers and also procures a letter that seems to establish Elaine as the traitor. George Blair, an official at the Department of Justice, finally tricks Viola into confessing her guilt, thus clearing Elaine's name. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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