The Martyrdom of Philip Strong (1916)

Drama | 30 November 1916

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HISTORY

The film was originally scheduled for release by the Kleine-Edison Features Service on 9 Feb 1916, but was replaced by When Love Is King on the Kleine-Edison ... More Less

The film was originally scheduled for release by the Kleine-Edison Features Service on 9 Feb 1916, but was replaced by When Love Is King on the Kleine-Edison program. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
25 Mar 16
p. 722.
Motog
9 Dec 16
p. 1298.
MPN
9 Dec 16
p. 3670, 3708
MPW
16 Oct 15
p. 801.
MPW
19 Feb 16
p. 1200.
MPW
9 Dec 16
p. 1507.
NYDM
2 Dec 16
p. 26.
Wid's
30 Nov 16
p. 1138.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Crucifixion of Philip Strong by Charles Monroe Sheldon (Chicago, 1894) and his novel In His Steps: "What Would Jesus Do?" (New York, 1896).
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 November 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
18 November 1916
Copyright Number:
LP9553
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Although he has been preaching the Christian doctrine, Philip Strong, an ambitious pastor, realizes that he has not been practicing it. As a result, he gives up all of his material belongings and dedicates himself to helping the downtrodden. When he asks his wife Sarah to help him, she turns him down, and further refuses to let him raise their daughter Irma in the squalor of the slums. Then, living alone in a tenement, Philip does so much to improve the quality of life of the impoverished that some concerned millionaires decide to discredit him by letting it be known that Philip is having an affair with Loreen, a former prostitute. Finally, the rumor is shown to be false and Sarah decides to return to Philip. Before they can be reconciled, however, Philip dies from worry and ... +


Although he has been preaching the Christian doctrine, Philip Strong, an ambitious pastor, realizes that he has not been practicing it. As a result, he gives up all of his material belongings and dedicates himself to helping the downtrodden. When he asks his wife Sarah to help him, she turns him down, and further refuses to let him raise their daughter Irma in the squalor of the slums. Then, living alone in a tenement, Philip does so much to improve the quality of life of the impoverished that some concerned millionaires decide to discredit him by letting it be known that Philip is having an affair with Loreen, a former prostitute. Finally, the rumor is shown to be false and Sarah decides to return to Philip. Before they can be reconciled, however, Philip dies from worry and overwork. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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