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The playwright Elmer L. Rice was the penname of Elmer L. Reizenstein . This was the first film purchased by the First National Exhibitors' Circuit. It originally was to be released by the K-E-S-E Service. The film opened in New York the week of 10 Jun 1917. It was reviewed at five reels and copyrighted at seven reels. After the Pennsylvania State Board of Censors cut several titles from the film, actors spoke the titles of the complete film at screenings at the Stanley Theatre in Philadelphia. Warner Bros. filmed Rice's play twice, both under the title On Trial : in 1928, with Pauline Frederick starring and Archie Mayo directing and again in 1939, with Margaret Lindsay starring and Terry Morse directing (see entries ... More Less

The playwright Elmer L. Rice was the penname of Elmer L. Reizenstein . This was the first film purchased by the First National Exhibitors' Circuit. It originally was to be released by the K-E-S-E Service. The film opened in New York the week of 10 Jun 1917. It was reviewed at five reels and copyrighted at seven reels. After the Pennsylvania State Board of Censors cut several titles from the film, actors spoke the titles of the complete film at screenings at the Stanley Theatre in Philadelphia. Warner Bros. filmed Rice's play twice, both under the title On Trial : in 1928, with Pauline Frederick starring and Archie Mayo directing and again in 1939, with Margaret Lindsay starring and Terry Morse directing (see entries below). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
7 Jul 17
p. 44.
MPN
30 Dec 16
p. 4208.
MPN
30 Jun 17
p. 4107.
MPW
6 Nov 20
p. 3618.
MPW
13 Jul 18
p. 232.
NYDM
16 Jun 17
p. 34.
NYDM
23 Jun 17
p. 29.
Variety
15 Jun 17
p. 25.
Wid's
21 Jun 17
p. 397.
CAST
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CREDITED AS
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LITERARY
Based on the play On Trial by Elmer L. Rice (New York, 19 Aug 1914).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 June 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Essanay Film Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
28 May 1917
Copyright Number:
LP10873
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5, 7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Robert Strickland, the self-confessed murderer of Gerald Trask, refuses to defend himself on the witness stand. His attorney, however, cross-examines Strickland's wife and by questioning his daughter Doris as well, he exposes the fact that years earlier Trask had seduced Mrs. Strickland. This evidence is sufficient to call for a verdict of not guilty from eleven of the jury, but the twelth member holds out because money disappeared from Trask's safe the night of the murder, and evidence points to Strickland as the thief. When Glover, Trask's secretary, is cross-examined, however, he breaks down and confesses to the robbery, thus clearing the way for Strickland's acquital and his reunion with his ... +


Robert Strickland, the self-confessed murderer of Gerald Trask, refuses to defend himself on the witness stand. His attorney, however, cross-examines Strickland's wife and by questioning his daughter Doris as well, he exposes the fact that years earlier Trask had seduced Mrs. Strickland. This evidence is sufficient to call for a verdict of not guilty from eleven of the jury, but the twelth member holds out because money disappeared from Trask's safe the night of the murder, and evidence points to Strickland as the thief. When Glover, Trask's secretary, is cross-examined, however, he breaks down and confesses to the robbery, thus clearing the way for Strickland's acquital and his reunion with his family. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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