Jack Spurlock, Prodigal (1918)

Comedy | 10 February 1918

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HISTORY

The book was published in serial form in The Saturday Evening Post , of which Lorimer was editor. This film was originally scheduled for release on 27 Jan 1918. Mike Donlin was a member of the New York Giants baseball team. Jack Goodman was a leading lightweight boxer. The working title of the film was In Onion There Is Strength . Lorimer's novel was the basis for the 1922 Fox film A Self-Made Man , starring William Russell and Renée Adorée and directed by Rowland V. Lee (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; ... More Less

The book was published in serial form in The Saturday Evening Post , of which Lorimer was editor. This film was originally scheduled for release on 27 Jan 1918. Mike Donlin was a member of the New York Giants baseball team. Jack Goodman was a leading lightweight boxer. The working title of the film was In Onion There Is Strength . Lorimer's novel was the basis for the 1922 Fox film A Self-Made Man , starring William Russell and Renée Adorée and directed by Rowland V. Lee (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.4900). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
ETR
12 Jan 18
p. 482, 494
ETR
16 Feb 18
p. 915.
MPN
23 Feb 18
p. 1183.
MPW
26 Oct 18
p. 545.
MPW
23 Feb 18
p. 1137.
Variety
15 Feb 18
p. 53.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Jack Spurlock, Prodigal by George Horace Lorimer (New York, 1908).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
In Onion There Is Strength
Release Date:
10 February 1918
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
10 February 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12040
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jack Spurlock's college escapades, which include a particularly raucous incident involving a bear, finally get him expelled, and his father, John Spurlock, Sr., compels him to go to work in the family's wholesale grocery business. The eager young man inexplicably purchases a huge surplus of onions and then supports the onion workers when they go on strike. After Spurlock, Sr. finally agrees to recognize the Onion Workers' Union, he fires his son and cuts off his allowance. Jack is forced to work as a waiter until his sweetheart, Anita Grey, introduces him to Professor Jackson, who has patented a health tonic made chiefly from onions. The publicity attending the Onion Workers' strike results in a huge demand for Jackson's tonic. In order to produce more of the cure-all, Jack purchases his father's onion surplus, thus redeeming his place in Spurlock, Sr.'s good ... +


Jack Spurlock's college escapades, which include a particularly raucous incident involving a bear, finally get him expelled, and his father, John Spurlock, Sr., compels him to go to work in the family's wholesale grocery business. The eager young man inexplicably purchases a huge surplus of onions and then supports the onion workers when they go on strike. After Spurlock, Sr. finally agrees to recognize the Onion Workers' Union, he fires his son and cuts off his allowance. Jack is forced to work as a waiter until his sweetheart, Anita Grey, introduces him to Professor Jackson, who has patented a health tonic made chiefly from onions. The publicity attending the Onion Workers' strike results in a huge demand for Jackson's tonic. In order to produce more of the cure-all, Jack purchases his father's onion surplus, thus redeeming his place in Spurlock, Sr.'s good graces. +

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