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The working title for this film was The Shadow of a Rope . The actor listed as "Harry Kosher" in all the trade reviews and in the synopsis in the copyright descriptions is possibly Henry Koser. According to a pre-release news item, the cells and cell corridor of the Tombs prison in New York were recreated for this production, which also boasted unusual rain ... More Less

The working title for this film was The Shadow of a Rope . The actor listed as "Harry Kosher" in all the trade reviews and in the synopsis in the copyright descriptions is possibly Henry Koser. According to a pre-release news item, the cells and cell corridor of the Tombs prison in New York were recreated for this production, which also boasted unusual rain effects. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
1 Feb 19
p. 713.
MPN
25 Jan 19
p. 611.
MPW
18 Jan 19
p. 394.
MPW
22 Feb 19
p. 1015, 1080
New York Times
13 Jan 19
p. 9.
Variety
17 Jan 19
p. 53.
Wid's
26 Jan 19
p. 15.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Shadow of a Rope
Release Date:
5 January 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
10 December 1918
Copyright Number:
LP13133
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,102
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After Ruth Minchin is acquitted of murdering her husband for lack of evidence, Richard Steel, a philanthropist, befriends her and sends her to his aunt's quiet country home. Reporter Edward Langholm follows, determined to get a scoop. At a lawn party, after a jealous woman reveals Ruth's identity, Richard confesses his love for her, but she grows suspicious when she finds a photograph of her husband in the house, and Langholm says that he saw Richard pay a tramp to keep quiet. Langholm overhears Ruth interrogate the tramp, who says that when Minchin tried to blackmail Richard by threatening to reveal that Richard once murdered a man in Australia, Richard killed Minchin. After Langholm has Richard arrested, Ruth remembers that Minchin once beat her when she helped Paolo Severino, a poor pianist. Detectives question Severino and he confesses that while delirious, he killed Minchin. Richard is freed, and after he explains that he killed the man in Australia in self-defense, he and Ruth plan to ... +


After Ruth Minchin is acquitted of murdering her husband for lack of evidence, Richard Steel, a philanthropist, befriends her and sends her to his aunt's quiet country home. Reporter Edward Langholm follows, determined to get a scoop. At a lawn party, after a jealous woman reveals Ruth's identity, Richard confesses his love for her, but she grows suspicious when she finds a photograph of her husband in the house, and Langholm says that he saw Richard pay a tramp to keep quiet. Langholm overhears Ruth interrogate the tramp, who says that when Minchin tried to blackmail Richard by threatening to reveal that Richard once murdered a man in Australia, Richard killed Minchin. After Langholm has Richard arrested, Ruth remembers that Minchin once beat her when she helped Paolo Severino, a poor pianist. Detectives question Severino and he confesses that while delirious, he killed Minchin. Richard is freed, and after he explains that he killed the man in Australia in self-defense, he and Ruth plan to marry. +

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