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The novel first appeared in Collier's National Weekly 15 Dec 1906-14 Jun 1907 under the title "Adventures of the Scarlet Car." Universal Pictures released a film based on the same source in 1923, directed by Stuart Paton and starring Herbert Rawlinson. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ... More Less

The novel first appeared in Collier's National Weekly 15 Dec 1906-14 Jun 1907 under the title "Adventures of the Scarlet Car." Universal Pictures released a film based on the same source in 1923, directed by Stuart Paton and starring Herbert Rawlinson. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 .) More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
15 Dec 17
p. 173.
Motog
29 Dec 17
p. 1351.
MPN
15 Dec 17
p. 4226.
MPW
15 Dec 17
p. 1643.
Variety
30 Nov 17
p. 43.
Wid's
6 Dec 17
p. 785.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Cam
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Scarlet Car by Richard Harding Davis (New York, 1907).
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 December 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Bluebird Photoplays, Inc.
Copyright Date:
4 December 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11780
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Billy Winthrop, the town idler of Bolton, resolves to reform after his antics practically drive his father, Samuel Winthrop, into bankruptcy. About this time, Paul Revere Forbes, a cashier at the Boulton bank and the father of Beatrice, whom Billy loves, discovers that Cyrus Peabody, the bank's president, has lost $35,000 of the bank's money in speculation. Forbes confronts Peabody and, in the fight which follows, the cashier is apparently killed and the body placed in a car. The following morning, however, Forbes's body is missing. Beatrice, now presumably an orphan, is about to be coerced into a marriage with Peabody's son Ernest when Billy rescues her, and the two escape into a storm. Seeking refuge, they take shelter in an old abandoned cabin where they find Forbes, his mind gone. In the meantime, the missing funds have been discovered by the bank's depositors, and to clear themselves, the Peabodys claim that Billy has stolen the money. They lead the angry mob to the cabin where Billy has taken refuge, but he discovers a document in Forbes's possession which incriminates the Peabodys of theft. The Peabodys are then tarred and feathered while Billy wins ... +


Billy Winthrop, the town idler of Bolton, resolves to reform after his antics practically drive his father, Samuel Winthrop, into bankruptcy. About this time, Paul Revere Forbes, a cashier at the Boulton bank and the father of Beatrice, whom Billy loves, discovers that Cyrus Peabody, the bank's president, has lost $35,000 of the bank's money in speculation. Forbes confronts Peabody and, in the fight which follows, the cashier is apparently killed and the body placed in a car. The following morning, however, Forbes's body is missing. Beatrice, now presumably an orphan, is about to be coerced into a marriage with Peabody's son Ernest when Billy rescues her, and the two escape into a storm. Seeking refuge, they take shelter in an old abandoned cabin where they find Forbes, his mind gone. In the meantime, the missing funds have been discovered by the bank's depositors, and to clear themselves, the Peabodys claim that Billy has stolen the money. They lead the angry mob to the cabin where Billy has taken refuge, but he discovers a document in Forbes's possession which incriminates the Peabodys of theft. The Peabodys are then tarred and feathered while Billy wins Beatrice. +

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