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Contemporary sources disagree on whether the film is six or seven reels long; Wid's gives its length as 5,545 feet. Pre-release news items give the name of the actor playing Sgt. Maloney as L. O. McGuire. In addition to the 1913 film listed above, Klein's play was filmed again in 1926, with Dolores Costello starring and Michael Curtiz directing (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; ... More Less

Contemporary sources disagree on whether the film is six or seven reels long; Wid's gives its length as 5,545 feet. Pre-release news items give the name of the actor playing Sgt. Maloney as L. O. McGuire. In addition to the 1913 film listed above, Klein's play was filmed again in 1926, with Dolores Costello starring and Michael Curtiz directing (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.5628). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
24 May 19
p. 1927.
MPN
17 May 19
p. 3268.
MPW
17 May 19
p. 1073.
Variety
5 Apr 19
p. 126.
Wid's
11 May 19
p. 9.
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 May 1919
Copyright Claimant:
The Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
12 May 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13712
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6-7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After marrying beneath his class, Howard Jeffries, Jr. is disowned by his father. One night, Howard awakens from a drunken stupor to find himself next to his friend Robert Underwood's dead body. When police captain Clinton puts him through the third degree, Howard feels helpless and confesses that he murdered his friend. Howard's wife Annie sets out to prove her husband's innocence, and induces Jeffries' family attorney Richard Brewster to defend Howard. It is revealed that Howard's stepmother has a letter in which Robert declared his intention of committing suicide unless she gave him money. Mrs. Jeffries refuses to release the letter, even though it could clear Howard, because the letter jeopardizes her own reputation. Annie pretends that she is the Mrs. Jeffries to whom the note was written, and eventually her sacrifice leads to Howard's release and the reconciliation of the Jeffries ... +


After marrying beneath his class, Howard Jeffries, Jr. is disowned by his father. One night, Howard awakens from a drunken stupor to find himself next to his friend Robert Underwood's dead body. When police captain Clinton puts him through the third degree, Howard feels helpless and confesses that he murdered his friend. Howard's wife Annie sets out to prove her husband's innocence, and induces Jeffries' family attorney Richard Brewster to defend Howard. It is revealed that Howard's stepmother has a letter in which Robert declared his intention of committing suicide unless she gave him money. Mrs. Jeffries refuses to release the letter, even though it could clear Howard, because the letter jeopardizes her own reputation. Annie pretends that she is the Mrs. Jeffries to whom the note was written, and eventually her sacrifice leads to Howard's release and the reconciliation of the Jeffries family. +

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