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The picture's working title was Good Will and Almond Shells ... More Less

The picture's working title was Good Will and Almond Shells . More Less

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DATE
PAGE
ETR
26 Jan 18
p. 664.
ETR
2 Feb 18
p. 779.
ETR
9 Mar 18
p. 1112.
ETR
27 Apr 18
pp. 587-88.
MPW
9 Mar 18
p. 1416.
MPW
23 Mar 18
p. 1704.
Variety
8 Mar 18
p. 43.
Wid's
21 Mar 18
p. 1026.
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LITERARY
Based on the short story "Good Will and Almond Shells" by Kenneth L. Roberts in The Saturday Evening Post (22 Dec 1917).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Good Will and Almond Shells
Release Date:
4 March 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 February 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12099
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Acting on his belief that most people become sentimental at Christmas time and are therefore easy prey, New York confidence man "Silk" Wilkins ingratiates himself with millionaire Lawrence Gray, whose wife and little daughter Zelda were lost in a flood eighteen years earlier. After promising to find Gray's daughter, Silk returns to his boardinghouse, where he finds Alice Sheldon attempting to escape her desperate financial straits through suicide. Silk convinces Alice to pose as Zelda Gray and then notifies Lawrence via a note placed in an almond shell that he has found the lost daughter. Lawrence treats Alice so kindly that when Silk demands payment from her on Christmas morning, she refuses. Lawrence, who has overheard the conversation, enters and laughingly reveals that he had known of the frame-up all along. Grateful to Silk for finding him a wife, Lawrence writes the confidence man a large ... +


Acting on his belief that most people become sentimental at Christmas time and are therefore easy prey, New York confidence man "Silk" Wilkins ingratiates himself with millionaire Lawrence Gray, whose wife and little daughter Zelda were lost in a flood eighteen years earlier. After promising to find Gray's daughter, Silk returns to his boardinghouse, where he finds Alice Sheldon attempting to escape her desperate financial straits through suicide. Silk convinces Alice to pose as Zelda Gray and then notifies Lawrence via a note placed in an almond shell that he has found the lost daughter. Lawrence treats Alice so kindly that when Silk demands payment from her on Christmas morning, she refuses. Lawrence, who has overheard the conversation, enters and laughingly reveals that he had known of the frame-up all along. Grateful to Silk for finding him a wife, Lawrence writes the confidence man a large check. +

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