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In the play from which this film was adapted, the villain was a German spy, not a Bolshevik as portrayed in the film. Pauline Frederick and Willard Mack were ... More Less

In the play from which this film was adapted, the villain was a German spy, not a Bolshevik as portrayed in the film. Pauline Frederick and Willard Mack were married. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
ETR
5 Apr 19
p. 1373.
MPN
5 Apr 19
p. 2184.
MPW
5 Apr 19
pp. 121-22.
New York Morning Telegraph
28 Feb 19
p. 56.
Variety
28 Mar 19
p. 93.
Wid's
30 Mar 19
p. 3.
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LITERARY
Based on the play The Woman of the Index by Lillian Trimble Bradley, George Broadhurst (New York, 29 Aug 1918).
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 February 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
5 February 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13374
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Sylvia Martin, a poor shopgirl, runs away from her abusive father and almost succumbs to the cold on the doorstep of Louis Gordon, a crook. They marry, but later when faced with capture, Gordon kills himself. Gordon's gang accuses Sylvia of murder, and although she is acquitted for lack of evidence, her name is included in the Police Index. Years later, upon finding the Index on the shelf of her second husband, Washington diplomat David Maber, Sylvia fears exposure. Her fears heighten when her arresting officer, John Alden, now chief of the Secret Service, tries to induce her to entrap a Bolshevik agent, Hugo Declasse, who is attracted to her. When Alden appeals to patriotism, she acquiesces. Declasse finds the Index and threatens to expose her unless she cooperates in getting plans for an uprising to London agents, but Declasse is foiled when his trusted Japanese butler turns out to be a Secret Service agent. Maber, learning of Sylvia's past, forgives ... +


Sylvia Martin, a poor shopgirl, runs away from her abusive father and almost succumbs to the cold on the doorstep of Louis Gordon, a crook. They marry, but later when faced with capture, Gordon kills himself. Gordon's gang accuses Sylvia of murder, and although she is acquitted for lack of evidence, her name is included in the Police Index. Years later, upon finding the Index on the shelf of her second husband, Washington diplomat David Maber, Sylvia fears exposure. Her fears heighten when her arresting officer, John Alden, now chief of the Secret Service, tries to induce her to entrap a Bolshevik agent, Hugo Declasse, who is attracted to her. When Alden appeals to patriotism, she acquiesces. Declasse finds the Index and threatens to expose her unless she cooperates in getting plans for an uprising to London agents, but Declasse is foiled when his trusted Japanese butler turns out to be a Secret Service agent. Maber, learning of Sylvia's past, forgives her. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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