Man and His Angel (1916)

Drama | 13 March 1916

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HISTORY

The 29 Jan 1916 Motography announced that director Burton King had recently begun
principal photography on his first production for distributor Equitable Motion Picture Corp. The film was also actress Jane Grey’s first for the company, according to the 4 Mar 1916 Moving Picture World. Although it was rumored that Irving Cummins was to be cast as “David Tryne,” the 5 Feb 1916 Motography confirmed that the part went to Henri Bergman. The cast also featured character actor Beverly Edwards, as stated in the 21 Oct 1916 Motion Picture News Studio Directory.
       Man and His Angel opened 13 Mar 1916 to positive reviews, several of which highlighted Henri Bergman’s nuanced portrayal of a hunchbacked bookstore clerk, torn between his good and evil inclinations.
       The 1 Apr 1916 Motography reported that Jane Grey had recently hosted a party at Loew’s New York Theatre for a screening of the film, with a number of famous actors in attendance. ... More Less

The 29 Jan 1916 Motography announced that director Burton King had recently begun
principal photography on his first production for distributor Equitable Motion Picture Corp. The film was also actress Jane Grey’s first for the company, according to the 4 Mar 1916 Moving Picture World. Although it was rumored that Irving Cummins was to be cast as “David Tryne,” the 5 Feb 1916 Motography confirmed that the part went to Henri Bergman. The cast also featured character actor Beverly Edwards, as stated in the 21 Oct 1916 Motion Picture News Studio Directory.
       Man and His Angel opened 13 Mar 1916 to positive reviews, several of which highlighted Henri Bergman’s nuanced portrayal of a hunchbacked bookstore clerk, torn between his good and evil inclinations.
       The 1 Apr 1916 Motography reported that Jane Grey had recently hosted a party at Loew’s New York Theatre for a screening of the film, with a number of famous actors in attendance.
More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
25 Mar 1916
p. 1772
Motion Picture News
21 Oct 1916
p. 48
Motography
29 Jan 1916
p. 270
Motography
5 Feb 1916
p. 309
Motography
4 Mar 1916
p. 552
Motography
11 Mar 1916
p. 603
Motography
18 Mar 1916
p. 649
Motography
1 Apr 1916
p. 771
Moving Picture World
4 Mar 1916
p. 1483
Moving Picture World
25 Mar 1916
p. 2024, 2090
NYDM
18 Mar 1916
p. 33
Wid's
16 Mar 1916
p. 444
DETAILS
Release Date:
13 March 1916
Premiere Information:
New York opening: March 1916
Production Date:
January 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Triumph Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
14 February 1916
Copyright Number:
LP7748
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Exiled from Russia, nobleman Paul Dimitri comes to New York, opens a book store, and raises his daughter Sonia without telling her about her royal heritage. Paul's employee, David Tryne, a hunchback, falls in love with Sonia and, after Paul dies, does his best to end her engagement to Schuyler. To effect a breakup, David spreads the rumor that Sonia was born out of wedlock, even though he knows about her ancestry. Schuyler nevertheless reasserts his eagerness to marry her, but Sonia feels herself unworthy of him, and ends their romance. Then, however, tormented by his actions, David impulsively reveals the truth about Sonia, after which she and Schuyler are ... +


Exiled from Russia, nobleman Paul Dimitri comes to New York, opens a book store, and raises his daughter Sonia without telling her about her royal heritage. Paul's employee, David Tryne, a hunchback, falls in love with Sonia and, after Paul dies, does his best to end her engagement to Schuyler. To effect a breakup, David spreads the rumor that Sonia was born out of wedlock, even though he knows about her ancestry. Schuyler nevertheless reasserts his eagerness to marry her, but Sonia feels herself unworthy of him, and ends their romance. Then, however, tormented by his actions, David impulsively reveals the truth about Sonia, after which she and Schuyler are married. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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