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The film's working title was The Strength of the Weak ... More Less

The film's working title was The Strength of the Weak . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
4 May 18
p. 1765.
ETR
11 May 18
p. 1796.
ETR
18 May 18
p. 1934.
MPN
2 Nov 18
p. 1814.
MPW
18 May 18
p. 1038.
MPW
25 May 18
p. 1185.
NYDM
18 May 18
p. 705.
Variety
10 May 18
p. 43.
Wid's
12 May 18
pp. 19-20.
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LITERARY
Based on the play My Man by Edith Ellis, Forrest Halsey (New York, 27 Sep 1910).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Strength of the Weak
Release Date:
13 May 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
9 May 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12407
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,776
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After Frank Merrill, a Great Lakes pilot, loses his life in a storm, his wife Edith moves to the city, where the necessity of providing for her child Teddy forces her to steal. Convicted of theft, Edith serves a three-year term in prison, and there becomes acquainted with a thief called "Diamond" Mabel. Upon her release, Edith kidnaps her child from the state orphanage, moves to another city and secures a position in a department store. Jim Roberts, her superintendent, falls in love with her and they are married, but Mabel interrupts their happiness with the threat of revealing Edith's past unless she steals $500 from her husband. Detective Robert Jordan, however, traps Mabel, and although Jim learns of Edith's earlier theft, he forgives her. Edith willingly returns to prison to serve time for breaking her parole but is pardoned and allowed to return home to her husband and ... +


After Frank Merrill, a Great Lakes pilot, loses his life in a storm, his wife Edith moves to the city, where the necessity of providing for her child Teddy forces her to steal. Convicted of theft, Edith serves a three-year term in prison, and there becomes acquainted with a thief called "Diamond" Mabel. Upon her release, Edith kidnaps her child from the state orphanage, moves to another city and secures a position in a department store. Jim Roberts, her superintendent, falls in love with her and they are married, but Mabel interrupts their happiness with the threat of revealing Edith's past unless she steals $500 from her husband. Detective Robert Jordan, however, traps Mabel, and although Jim learns of Edith's earlier theft, he forgives her. Edith willingly returns to prison to serve time for breaking her parole but is pardoned and allowed to return home to her husband and son. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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