A Man of Sorrow (1916)

Drama | 24 April 1916

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HISTORY

The 11 Mar 1916 Motography announced the upcoming production, based on the 1885 melodrama, Hoodman Blind by Henry Arthur Jones and Wilson Barrett. Lead actress Dorothy Bernard was cast in a dual role as sisters. The 1 Apr 1916 Motography printed conflicting release dates of 20 Mar 1916 and 24 Apr 1916. An article in the 4 Mar 1916 Motion Picture News implied that the film had already been completed at Fox Studios in the Edendale district of Los Angeles, CA.
       Two weeks later, however, the 18 Mar 1930 Motion Picture News revealed that the company had recently been on location in Rio Vista, CA, where Dorothy Bernard enacted the suicide of one of her characters by leaping into the Sacramento River. It was also noted that director Oscar Apfel commissioned a monument to be constructed in the village plaza for one scene. After the townspeople had reportedly grown accustomed to the structure, it was presented as a gift by Fox Film Corp. The 8 Apr 1916 Motography stated that the majority of Rio Vista residents appeared in a “mob scene,” and the 29 Apr 1916 edition included a dog named “Peggy” among the cast.
       A Man of Sorrow opened 24 Apr 1916 to mixed critical notices. While the 13 May 1916 Motion Picture News gave the film a positive review, the Jul 1916 Photoplay claimed the production made “a joke of its authors,” and was as unsuited to its stars as “pajamas at a formal dinner.” ... More Less

The 11 Mar 1916 Motography announced the upcoming production, based on the 1885 melodrama, Hoodman Blind by Henry Arthur Jones and Wilson Barrett. Lead actress Dorothy Bernard was cast in a dual role as sisters. The 1 Apr 1916 Motography printed conflicting release dates of 20 Mar 1916 and 24 Apr 1916. An article in the 4 Mar 1916 Motion Picture News implied that the film had already been completed at Fox Studios in the Edendale district of Los Angeles, CA.
       Two weeks later, however, the 18 Mar 1930 Motion Picture News revealed that the company had recently been on location in Rio Vista, CA, where Dorothy Bernard enacted the suicide of one of her characters by leaping into the Sacramento River. It was also noted that director Oscar Apfel commissioned a monument to be constructed in the village plaza for one scene. After the townspeople had reportedly grown accustomed to the structure, it was presented as a gift by Fox Film Corp. The 8 Apr 1916 Motography stated that the majority of Rio Vista residents appeared in a “mob scene,” and the 29 Apr 1916 edition included a dog named “Peggy” among the cast.
       A Man of Sorrow opened 24 Apr 1916 to mixed critical notices. While the 13 May 1916 Motion Picture News gave the film a positive review, the Jul 1916 Photoplay claimed the production made “a joke of its authors,” and was as unsuited to its stars as “pajamas at a formal dinner.”
       The film was copyrighted at six reels, but all trade journals list it at five. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture
Aug 1916
p. 172
Motion Picture News
4 Mar 1916
p. 1283, 1285
Motion Picture News
18 Mar 1916
p. 1588, 1604
Motion Picture News
13 May 1916
p. 2913
Motion Picture News
21 Oct 1916
p. 50
Motography
11 Mar 1916
p. 600
Motography
25 Mar 1916
p. 722, 725
Motography
1 Apr 1916
p. 754, 778
Motography
8 Apr 1916
p. 832
Motography
29 Apr 1916
p. 1009
Moving Picture World
13 May 1916
pp. 1175-1176
New York Times
24 Apr 1916
p. 11
Photoplay
Jul 1916
p. 118
Variety
28 Apr 1916
p. 28
Wid's Daily
27 Apr 1916
p. 539
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Hoodman Blind by Henry Arthur Jones and Wilson Barrett (New York, 30 Nov 1885).
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 April 1916
Production Date:
February--March 1916
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
23 April 1916
Copyright Number:
LP8137
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When a husband sees his wife with another man, he abandons her and soon decides to drown himself. At the pier, he watches a woman attempt suicide by jumping into the ocean, and then he dives in to save her. She looks exactly like his wife, and before she dies, she recognizes him, and tells him that she is his wife's gypsy half sister, about whom the wife had never known. A man who loved the wife had hired the gypsy to impersonate her and flirt with a stranger, and so convince the husband of her unfaithfulness. The husband then seeks out the man and beats him, and, because he is wanted for a murder, turns him over to the police. Afterward, the husband's wife warmly welcomes him back when he explains his mistake and apologizes for ... +


When a husband sees his wife with another man, he abandons her and soon decides to drown himself. At the pier, he watches a woman attempt suicide by jumping into the ocean, and then he dives in to save her. She looks exactly like his wife, and before she dies, she recognizes him, and tells him that she is his wife's gypsy half sister, about whom the wife had never known. A man who loved the wife had hired the gypsy to impersonate her and flirt with a stranger, and so convince the husband of her unfaithfulness. The husband then seeks out the man and beats him, and, because he is wanted for a murder, turns him over to the police. Afterward, the husband's wife warmly welcomes him back when he explains his mistake and apologizes for it. +

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

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