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Joseph M. Schenck, Lee Shubert, and Julius Steger cooperated on the production of the film. It was shot at the Crystal Studios. One source lists the length as eight reels and another as seven reels. Some sources credit the role of Elias Fox to Fred Kraus. Some exteriors were shot in Pittsburgh. Eugene Walter's play also was the basis for the 1925 First National film Just a Woman , starring Claire Windsor and directed by Irving Cummings and the 1933 RKO film No Other Woman , starring Irene Dunne and directed by J. Walter Ruben (see ... More Less

Joseph M. Schenck, Lee Shubert, and Julius Steger cooperated on the production of the film. It was shot at the Crystal Studios. One source lists the length as eight reels and another as seven reels. Some sources credit the role of Elias Fox to Fred Kraus. Some exteriors were shot in Pittsburgh. Eugene Walter's play also was the basis for the 1925 First National film Just a Woman , starring Claire Windsor and directed by Irving Cummings and the 1933 RKO film No Other Woman , starring Irene Dunne and directed by J. Walter Ruben (see entries). More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
23 Mar 18
p. 1271, 1278
MPW
5 Jan 18
p. 92.
MPW
6 Apr 18
p. 133.
NYDM
13 Jan 17
p. 242.
Variety
21 Dec 17
p. 45.
DETAILS
Release Date:
11 April 1918
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Anna Ward struggles to help her husband Jim, a laborer in a Pittsburgh steel mill, to improve his lot in life. When Jim's friend invents an improved rail-making device, Anna convinces her husband to invest his savings in the machine's promotion and marketing. This proves so successful that Jim is made a director of the steel company, but because of his strong stand on workingmen's rights, the company officials conspire to ruin him. Under the influence of a co-director, Jim resumes his old drinking habit and becomes involved in an affair with a beautiful woman, who induces him to sue Anna for divorce on a false charge of infidelity. Anna refuses to defend herself until the court threatens to take away her son, whereupon she claims that Jim is not the boy's father. Deeply ashamed, Jim confesses everything to the court and is sentenced to prison. After his release, he returns to Anna, just as their son departs to fight in World War ... +


Anna Ward struggles to help her husband Jim, a laborer in a Pittsburgh steel mill, to improve his lot in life. When Jim's friend invents an improved rail-making device, Anna convinces her husband to invest his savings in the machine's promotion and marketing. This proves so successful that Jim is made a director of the steel company, but because of his strong stand on workingmen's rights, the company officials conspire to ruin him. Under the influence of a co-director, Jim resumes his old drinking habit and becomes involved in an affair with a beautiful woman, who induces him to sue Anna for divorce on a false charge of infidelity. Anna refuses to defend herself until the court threatens to take away her son, whereupon she claims that Jim is not the boy's father. Deeply ashamed, Jim confesses everything to the court and is sentenced to prison. After his release, he returns to Anna, just as their son departs to fight in World War I. +

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