The City of Purple Dreams (1918)

Drama | 10 January 1918

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HISTORY

This was the first release of the Exhibitors' Operating Corp. The film was shot at the Selig studios in both Los Angeles and Chicago. Some scenes were shot at the Chicago wheat pit. Another film based on the Edwin Baird novel was released in 1928 under the title City of Purple Dreams (see below). That film was directed by Duke Worne and stared Barbara Bedford and Robert ... More Less

This was the first release of the Exhibitors' Operating Corp. The film was shot at the Selig studios in both Los Angeles and Chicago. Some scenes were shot at the Chicago wheat pit. Another film based on the Edwin Baird novel was released in 1928 under the title City of Purple Dreams (see below). That film was directed by Duke Worne and stared Barbara Bedford and Robert Frazer. More Less

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DATE
PAGE
ETR
12 Jan 18
p. 520.
ETR
19 Jan 18
p. 560.
MPN
26 Jan 18
p. 596.
MPW
9 Mar 18
p. 1469.
Variety
15 Feb 18
p. 51.
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 January 1918
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Miss Otis nearly hits a derelict with her car, and out of sympathy she gives him some money and advises him to "clean up and keep clean." Soon after, the derelict meets Esther, an anarchist who involves him in a plot to blackmail a banker. When he realizes that Miss Otis is the banker's daughter, the derelict tears up the banker's check but is arrested and committed to an asylum. Esther, who is in love with the derelict, helps him escape, and he resolves to attain a position of wealth and importance. After he earns his fortune, he rejects Esther's affections and asks Miss Otis to marry ... +


Miss Otis nearly hits a derelict with her car, and out of sympathy she gives him some money and advises him to "clean up and keep clean." Soon after, the derelict meets Esther, an anarchist who involves him in a plot to blackmail a banker. When he realizes that Miss Otis is the banker's daughter, the derelict tears up the banker's check but is arrested and committed to an asylum. Esther, who is in love with the derelict, helps him escape, and he resolves to attain a position of wealth and importance. After he earns his fortune, he rejects Esther's affections and asks Miss Otis to marry him. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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