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HISTORY

The play was first presented for a try-out on 6 Sep 1915 in Long Branch, NJ. According to publicity, Cohan, in the play and film, imitates evangelist Billy Sunday. The film may have been made by Cohan's own company, which was called variously Cohan Feature Film Co., Cohan Feature Film Corp. and the George M. Cohan Film Corp. Some scenes were shot in the New York subway at the 145th Street station after two in the ... More Less

The play was first presented for a try-out on 6 Sep 1915 in Long Branch, NJ. According to publicity, Cohan, in the play and film, imitates evangelist Billy Sunday. The film may have been made by Cohan's own company, which was called variously Cohan Feature Film Co., Cohan Feature Film Corp. and the George M. Cohan Film Corp. Some scenes were shot in the New York subway at the 145th Street station after two in the morning. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
15 Jun 18
p. 111-13, 128
MPN
22 Jun 18
p. 3688.
MPW
22 Jun 18
p. 1756, 1760
New York Times
10 Jun 18
p. 9.
NYDM
1 Feb 19
p. 715.
NYDM
29 Jun 18
p. 29.
Variety
14 Jun 18
p. 29.
Wid's
9 Jun 18
pp. 31-32.
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LITERARY
Based on the play Hit-the-Trail-Holliday by George M. Cohan (New York, 13 Sep 1915) suggested by George Middleton and Guy Bolton.
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 June 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
4 May 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12497
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Billy Holliday, a New York bartender, loses his job when he refuses to serve liquor to minors. He is offered a position in a small town run by brewer Otto Wurst and, upon his arrival in town, lodges at a hotel operated by Burr Jason. Billy falls in love with Jason's pretty daughter Edith and resolves to help the father and daughter in their pro-temperance campaign. After resigning from his job, he joins forces with Jason to market the latter's new non-alcoholic drink "Bevo" and delivers an impassioned address at a prohibition rally. The speech is so successful that most of the townspeople join the temperance movement, and the employees of Wurst's brewery, fearful for their jobs, decide to attack Billy. He disperses the crowd with rockets, however, and offers the men jobs in the Bevo bottling works. Billy and Edith marry and together continue their fight for ... +


Billy Holliday, a New York bartender, loses his job when he refuses to serve liquor to minors. He is offered a position in a small town run by brewer Otto Wurst and, upon his arrival in town, lodges at a hotel operated by Burr Jason. Billy falls in love with Jason's pretty daughter Edith and resolves to help the father and daughter in their pro-temperance campaign. After resigning from his job, he joins forces with Jason to market the latter's new non-alcoholic drink "Bevo" and delivers an impassioned address at a prohibition rally. The speech is so successful that most of the townspeople join the temperance movement, and the employees of Wurst's brewery, fearful for their jobs, decide to attack Billy. He disperses the crowd with rockets, however, and offers the men jobs in the Bevo bottling works. Billy and Edith marry and together continue their fight for prohibition. +

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