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MPW 5 Feb 1916 calls the film The Debt of Honor . The film was copyrighted as A Debt of Honor . Var noted that the moral of film "would seem to be that if a white man has an affair with an Indian woman, the offspring of such an alliance is apt to be a degenerate of the first ... More Less

MPW 5 Feb 1916 calls the film The Debt of Honor . The film was copyrighted as A Debt of Honor . Var noted that the moral of film "would seem to be that if a white man has an affair with an Indian woman, the offspring of such an alliance is apt to be a degenerate of the first rank." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
29 Jan 16
p. 266.
MPN
29 Jan 16
p. 558.
MPW
15 Jan 16
p. 494.
MPW
5 Feb 16
p. 791, 848
NYDM
5 Feb 16
p. 28.
Variety
4 Feb 16
p. 25.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Debt of Honor
Release Date:
24 January 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 January 1916
Copyright Number:
LP7499
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After her architect father dies, Marian Delmar receives a monthly allowance from Varcoe, another architect, until his own death. Over the objections of John Hartfield, her sweetheart, Marian decides to repay Varcoe by nursing back to health his dissolute son Olin, who is dying from hard living. While staying with Olin, at his estate on the St. Lawrence River at the Canadian border, she discovers papers explaining that her father had been the brains behind Varcoe's architectural success. Marian realizes that the monthly payments had indicated Varcoe's thanks as well as his guilty conscience. After Olin seduces an Indian girl working in the house, it is revealed that Olin's own mother had been an Indian and that the Indians who live in huts on the estate are the last members of his mother's tribe. Sensing that his various illnesses are irreversible, Olin throws one last wild party, where he tries to rape Marian. John and one of his Indian friends rescue her and wound Olin, who crawls to one of the huts. The father of a girl he had seduced shoots him, and Olin dies in the arms of his mother's father. Marian and her sweetheart now make plans for their ... +


After her architect father dies, Marian Delmar receives a monthly allowance from Varcoe, another architect, until his own death. Over the objections of John Hartfield, her sweetheart, Marian decides to repay Varcoe by nursing back to health his dissolute son Olin, who is dying from hard living. While staying with Olin, at his estate on the St. Lawrence River at the Canadian border, she discovers papers explaining that her father had been the brains behind Varcoe's architectural success. Marian realizes that the monthly payments had indicated Varcoe's thanks as well as his guilty conscience. After Olin seduces an Indian girl working in the house, it is revealed that Olin's own mother had been an Indian and that the Indians who live in huts on the estate are the last members of his mother's tribe. Sensing that his various illnesses are irreversible, Olin throws one last wild party, where he tries to rape Marian. John and one of his Indian friends rescue her and wound Olin, who crawls to one of the huts. The father of a girl he had seduced shoots him, and Olin dies in the arms of his mother's father. Marian and her sweetheart now make plans for their marriage. +

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