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HISTORY

The working title of this film was A Whiff of Heliotrope . Child's story was the basis for three other films: the 1928 Paramount film Forgotten Faces , starring Clive Brook and directed by Victor Schertzinger; the 1936 Paramount film Forgotten Faces , starring Herbert Marshall and directed by E. A. Dupont; and the 1942 United Artists release A Gentleman After Dark , starring Brian Donlevy and Miriam Hopkins and directed by Edwin L. Marin (see entries ... More Less

The working title of this film was A Whiff of Heliotrope . Child's story was the basis for three other films: the 1928 Paramount film Forgotten Faces , starring Clive Brook and directed by Victor Schertzinger; the 1936 Paramount film Forgotten Faces , starring Herbert Marshall and directed by E. A. Dupont; and the 1942 United Artists release A Gentleman After Dark , starring Brian Donlevy and Miriam Hopkins and directed by Edwin L. Marin (see entries above). More Less

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DATE
PAGE
ETR
27 Nov 20
p. 2703.
MPN
19 Jan 20
p. 4966.
MPN
27 Nov 20
pp. 4006-07.
MPN
21 Aug 20
p. 1065.
MPW
4 Dec 20
p. 646.
NYDM
4 Dec 20
p. 1070.
Wid's
28 Nov 20
p. 3.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
A Whiff of Heliotrope
Release Date:
12 December 1920
Copyright Claimant:
International Film Service Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 November 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15786
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While spending her vacation at the home of her friend Mabel Andrews, the daughter of millionaire George Andrews, convent-educated Alice Hale meets Mabel's brother Jimmie and they become engaged. Unknown to Alice, who believes that she is an orphan, her father Heliotrope Harry Hasdock, so named for his fondness for the perfume named heliotrope, is serving a life sentence in the penitentiary. When Heliotrope learns that his wayward wife Mollie intends to blackmail Alice and her fiancé with this revelation, he pleads for a leave of absence, swearing to return to prison after he has thwarted his wife's schemes. The governor grants Heliotrope his leave, with the proviso that he will not harm Mollie. Instead, Heliotrope clandestinely trails her from one place to another, always keeping her appraised of his presence by the scent of heliotrope, until, fearing for her life, he allows her to catch a glimpse of him, knowing that she will shoot to kill. Mollie does so, and for her husband's murder, is sentenced to life in prison, thus preventing her from carrying out the scheme to injure ... +


While spending her vacation at the home of her friend Mabel Andrews, the daughter of millionaire George Andrews, convent-educated Alice Hale meets Mabel's brother Jimmie and they become engaged. Unknown to Alice, who believes that she is an orphan, her father Heliotrope Harry Hasdock, so named for his fondness for the perfume named heliotrope, is serving a life sentence in the penitentiary. When Heliotrope learns that his wayward wife Mollie intends to blackmail Alice and her fiancé with this revelation, he pleads for a leave of absence, swearing to return to prison after he has thwarted his wife's schemes. The governor grants Heliotrope his leave, with the proviso that he will not harm Mollie. Instead, Heliotrope clandestinely trails her from one place to another, always keeping her appraised of his presence by the scent of heliotrope, until, fearing for her life, he allows her to catch a glimpse of him, knowing that she will shoot to kill. Mollie does so, and for her husband's murder, is sentenced to life in prison, thus preventing her from carrying out the scheme to injure Alice. +

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