The Spreading Dawn (1917)

Drama | 21 October 1917

Director:

Lawrence Trimble

Writer:

Basil King

Production Designer:

Hugo Ballin

Production Company:

Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

This was Jane Cowl's first film for Goldwyn Pictures. Some scenes were shot at the military mobilization camp at Plattsburg, ... More Less

This was Jane Cowl's first film for Goldwyn Pictures. Some scenes were shot at the military mobilization camp at Plattsburg, NY. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
10 Nov 17
p. 1001.
MPN
27 Oct 17
p. 2899.
MPN
17 Nov 17
p. 3509.
MPW
22 Dec 17
p. 4422.
MPW
10 Nov 17
p. 872.
NYDM
3 Nov 17
p. 18.
NYDM
8 Dec 17
p. 15.
Variety
26 Oct 17
p. 34.
Wid's
1 Nov 17
p. 702.
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 October 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 October 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11541
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Georgina asks permission from her old aunt, Patricia Mercer Vanderpyl, to marry Capt. Nugent before his departure for France. Patricia refuses and, in reply to Georgina's questioning, gives her a diary from her own girlhood to read. The diary unfolds the story of Patricia's marriage to soldier Anthony Vanderpyl. Returning on furlough after the outbreak of the Civil War, Anthony suddenly leaves Patricia to visit Mrs. Le Roy, an old flame, and is killed by her jealous husband. Positive that Anthony had been unfaithful to her, Patricia refuses to open the letter that her husband sent to her on the day of his death. Georgina now opens it and discovers that Anthony had gone to Mrs. Le Roy to end the affair that his brother Bentley was having with her. With this revelation, Patricia sanctions her niece's marriage and then dies, going to join Anthony in "the spreading ... +


Georgina asks permission from her old aunt, Patricia Mercer Vanderpyl, to marry Capt. Nugent before his departure for France. Patricia refuses and, in reply to Georgina's questioning, gives her a diary from her own girlhood to read. The diary unfolds the story of Patricia's marriage to soldier Anthony Vanderpyl. Returning on furlough after the outbreak of the Civil War, Anthony suddenly leaves Patricia to visit Mrs. Le Roy, an old flame, and is killed by her jealous husband. Positive that Anthony had been unfaithful to her, Patricia refuses to open the letter that her husband sent to her on the day of his death. Georgina now opens it and discovers that Anthony had gone to Mrs. Le Roy to end the affair that his brother Bentley was having with her. With this revelation, Patricia sanctions her niece's marriage and then dies, going to join Anthony in "the spreading dawn." +

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