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The 10 Apr 1920 Camera announced that director Chester Bennett and company had returned from Santa Barbara, CA, after two weeks of filming the project, with the working title The Three Keys. Exteriors were shot at several estates and a country club.
       Dey's novel was filmed again in 1924 as Three Keys (see entry), with Edith Roberts starring and Edward J. Le Saint ... More Less

The 10 Apr 1920 Camera announced that director Chester Bennett and company had returned from Santa Barbara, CA, after two weeks of filming the project, with the working title The Three Keys. Exteriors were shot at several estates and a country club.
       Dey's novel was filmed again in 1924 as Three Keys (see entry), with Edith Roberts starring and Edward J. Le Saint directing. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Camera
10 Apr 1920
p. 6.
Exhibitors Trade Review
3 Jul 20
p. 487.
Motion Picture News
8 May 20
p. 4009.
Motion Picture News
19 Jun 20
p. 4943.
Motion Picture News
13 Nov 20
p. 3703.
New York Morning Telegraph
20 Jun 1920.
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Variety
9 Jul 20
p. 27.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Three Keys by Frederic Van Rensselaer Dey (New York, 1909).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Three Keys
Release Date:
June 1920
Production Date:
March--early April 1920
Copyright Claimant:
The Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
15 May 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15131
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,436
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On the verge of suicide because he has squandered his inherited fortune, Yale Durant goes to bid farewell to his fiancée, Blanche Trevor. While at the Trevor's, he learns that Blanche's father George faces financial ruin unless Yale can raise a large sum of money within twenty-four hours. Taking a job in a brokerage house during a raid on the market, Yale obtains access to the stocks that could save Trevor. Borrowing the stocks, Yale places them on the market and lends the proceeds to Trevor. The sale of the stocks paints Yale as a thief, and crooked broker Jack Millington, in whose charge the securities had been placed, determines to apprehend Yale and consummate the ruin of Trevor. Minnie, Millington's secretary, warns Yale, who then determines to retrieve the stocks. A car race between Yale and Millington results in the return of the securities in due time. Meanwhile, Blanche has eloped with an old suitor, and Yale realizes that he has fallen in love with ... +


On the verge of suicide because he has squandered his inherited fortune, Yale Durant goes to bid farewell to his fiancée, Blanche Trevor. While at the Trevor's, he learns that Blanche's father George faces financial ruin unless Yale can raise a large sum of money within twenty-four hours. Taking a job in a brokerage house during a raid on the market, Yale obtains access to the stocks that could save Trevor. Borrowing the stocks, Yale places them on the market and lends the proceeds to Trevor. The sale of the stocks paints Yale as a thief, and crooked broker Jack Millington, in whose charge the securities had been placed, determines to apprehend Yale and consummate the ruin of Trevor. Minnie, Millington's secretary, warns Yale, who then determines to retrieve the stocks. A car race between Yale and Millington results in the return of the securities in due time. Meanwhile, Blanche has eloped with an old suitor, and Yale realizes that he has fallen in love with Minnie. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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