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The Matrimonial Martyr was hand-colored, in a process called Pathécolor. The film was copyrighted as The Matrimonial Martyr , but sources, except for Wid's , called it A Matrimonial Martyr ... More Less

The Matrimonial Martyr was hand-colored, in a process called Pathécolor. The film was copyrighted as The Matrimonial Martyr , but sources, except for Wid's , called it A Matrimonial Martyr . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
24 Jun 16
p. 1451.
MPN
1 Jul 16
p. 4084.
MPW
17 Jun 16
p. 2110.
MPW
18 Aug 17
p. 1082.
NYDM
24 Jun 16
p. 26.
Variety
7 Jul 16
p. 25.
Wid's
22 Jun 16
p. 662.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
A Matrimonial Martyr
Release Date:
19 June 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Balboa Feature Film Co.
Copyright Date:
29 April 1916
Copyright Number:
LU8186
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Erma Desmond gets a job as a companion to high society's Bertie Stanley, to whom she bears a striking resemblance. While her husband Hugo has been in Europe, Bertie has fallen in love with another man, so she makes plans to go to Reno for a divorce. She urges Erma to stay in the Stanley mansion and assume her identity while she is gone, so that no one will be aware of her absence. An obedient Erma agrees and the masquerade works perfectly until Hugo returns unexpectedly from Europe and Erma must fool the man who knows Bertie best. After some initial problems, Hugo gets along better with Erma than he ever did with Bertie, and as a result, when word comes that Bertie has a fresh divorce and a new husband, Hugo first determines the identity of the woman living with him, and then marries ... +


Erma Desmond gets a job as a companion to high society's Bertie Stanley, to whom she bears a striking resemblance. While her husband Hugo has been in Europe, Bertie has fallen in love with another man, so she makes plans to go to Reno for a divorce. She urges Erma to stay in the Stanley mansion and assume her identity while she is gone, so that no one will be aware of her absence. An obedient Erma agrees and the masquerade works perfectly until Hugo returns unexpectedly from Europe and Erma must fool the man who knows Bertie best. After some initial problems, Hugo gets along better with Erma than he ever did with Bertie, and as a result, when word comes that Bertie has a fresh divorce and a new husband, Hugo first determines the identity of the woman living with him, and then marries her. +

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Subject

Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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