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NYDM credits Thomas H. Ince alone with the direction, MPN 23 Jan 1915 credits both West and Ince with the direction, while MPN 20 Feb 1915 says the film was directed by Ince, who was assisted by West. Modern sources give Raymond B. West sole credit for direction, and lists William H. Clifford as the scenarist. Ince produced a film with the same title in 1921 which had nothing to do with this ... More Less

NYDM credits Thomas H. Ince alone with the direction, MPN 23 Jan 1915 credits both West and Ince with the direction, while MPN 20 Feb 1915 says the film was directed by Ince, who was assisted by West. Modern sources give Raymond B. West sole credit for direction, and lists William H. Clifford as the scenarist. Ince produced a film with the same title in 1921 which had nothing to do with this film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
8 May 15
p. 741, 765
MPN
23 Jan 15
p. 35.
MPN
20 Feb 15
p. 43.
MPN
3 Apr 15
p. 147.
MPN
1 May 15
p. 30.
MPN
8 May 15
p. 72.
MPW
17 Apr 15
p. 393.
MPW
1 May 15
p. 740, 806
NYDM
21 Apr 15
p. 26.
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 April 1915
Copyright Claimant:
New York Motion Picture Corp.
Copyright Date:
26 April 1915
Copyright Number:
LP5112
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,775
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Sisters Helen and Ruth Fiske work in a department store and live in an East Side tenement. While Ruth is satisfied with her "regular fellow," a mechanic, Helen yearns for fine clothes, wealth, and attention. Ruth marries the mechanic and they struggle for a modest existence. Helen leaves her squalor to be the mistress of wealthy John Ward, despite Ruth's pleas. As the years pass, Helen goes from one man to the next, looking for more luxuries. When James Kellerman, who really loves her, proposes, she laughs at him. Finally, Helen returns from Europe embittered that she no longer commands the attention of men. She tries to win Kellerman back, but her phony coyness contrasts with the natural innocence of the woman he is about to marry. When Helen sees Ruth in her pretty cottage, with two children and still in love, she despairs for her own future. Her subsequent suffering is eased only by alcohol, drugs and cigarettes, which hasten her ... +


Sisters Helen and Ruth Fiske work in a department store and live in an East Side tenement. While Ruth is satisfied with her "regular fellow," a mechanic, Helen yearns for fine clothes, wealth, and attention. Ruth marries the mechanic and they struggle for a modest existence. Helen leaves her squalor to be the mistress of wealthy John Ward, despite Ruth's pleas. As the years pass, Helen goes from one man to the next, looking for more luxuries. When James Kellerman, who really loves her, proposes, she laughs at him. Finally, Helen returns from Europe embittered that she no longer commands the attention of men. She tries to win Kellerman back, but her phony coyness contrasts with the natural innocence of the woman he is about to marry. When Helen sees Ruth in her pretty cottage, with two children and still in love, she despairs for her own future. Her subsequent suffering is eased only by alcohol, drugs and cigarettes, which hasten her death. +

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