The Bond Between (1917)

Drama | 2 April 1917

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HISTORY

The 3 Mar 1917 Motion Picture News announced the upcoming release as a departure for actor-scenarist George Beban. After playing an Italian in several previous films, Beban cast himself as Frenchman “Pierre Duval.” Principal photography had recently been completed.
       Although the 24 Feb 1917 Motion Picture News listed the scheduled release date as 26 Mar 1917, other sources have confirmed it to be 2 Apr 1917. The 14 Apr 1917 Motography noted a New York City opening during the previous week at the Strand Theatre. Reviews were generally positive, although the Jun 1917 Motion Picture described the plot as “amateurishly constructed” and complained about the egregious lack of “necessary detail” in the art gallery and restaurant sets.
       Signor Buzzi, who played the part of "M. Lorillard, was believed to have been Pietro Buzzi. ... More Less

The 3 Mar 1917 Motion Picture News announced the upcoming release as a departure for actor-scenarist George Beban. After playing an Italian in several previous films, Beban cast himself as Frenchman “Pierre Duval.” Principal photography had recently been completed.
       Although the 24 Feb 1917 Motion Picture News listed the scheduled release date as 26 Mar 1917, other sources have confirmed it to be 2 Apr 1917. The 14 Apr 1917 Motography noted a New York City opening during the previous week at the Strand Theatre. Reviews were generally positive, although the Jun 1917 Motion Picture described the plot as “amateurishly constructed” and complained about the egregious lack of “necessary detail” in the art gallery and restaurant sets.
       Signor Buzzi, who played the part of "M. Lorillard, was believed to have been Pietro Buzzi. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
7 Apr 1917
p. 1251
Motion Picture
Jun 1917
p. 15
Motion Picture News
24 Feb 1917
p. 1261
Motion Picture News
3 Mar 1917
p. 1382
Motion Picture News
14 Apr 1917
p. 2364
Motography
7 Apr 1917
p. 749
Motography
14 Apr 1917
p. 767, 780
Moving Picture World
14 Apr 1917
p. 259, 283, 286
Moving Picture World
21 Apr 1917
p. 494
New York Clipper
11 Apr 1917
p. 38
NYDM
7 Apr 1917
p. 26
Photoplay
Jun 1917
p. 94
Variety
6 Apr 1917
p. 23
Wid's Daily
5 Apr 1917
p. 215
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Amen Corner
Release Date:
2 April 1917
Premiere Information:
New York opening: early April 1917
Copyright Claimant:
J. C. Ivers
Copyright Date:
13 March 1917
Copyright Number:
LP10407
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Pierre Duval, a poor Frenchman living in a New York boardinghouse, is barely able to support his son Jacques's studies in a Parisian art school. When war breaks out, Jacques returns home, unaware that a disreputable art dealer named Raoul Vaux has tricked him into smuggling stolen paintings into the United States, hidden among his own works. The Secret Service suspects that Jacques is Vaux and send their agent, Ellen Ingram, to entrap him. She goes to live at the same boardinghouse as Pierre and Jacques and soon becomes friendly with them. To support himself and his son, Pierre takes on an extra job as a nightwatchman at a museum. When Jacques learns through Ellen that "Vaux" is an art thief who plans to steal some paintings from the museum where Pierre works, he tries to prevent the theft, but is arrested himself instead. Finally, the real Vaux is captured, and Pierre and Jacques receive a reward from the French government for helping to recover stolen paintings. Financially secure, Jacques is now able to marry Ellen, with whom he has fallen in ... +


Pierre Duval, a poor Frenchman living in a New York boardinghouse, is barely able to support his son Jacques's studies in a Parisian art school. When war breaks out, Jacques returns home, unaware that a disreputable art dealer named Raoul Vaux has tricked him into smuggling stolen paintings into the United States, hidden among his own works. The Secret Service suspects that Jacques is Vaux and send their agent, Ellen Ingram, to entrap him. She goes to live at the same boardinghouse as Pierre and Jacques and soon becomes friendly with them. To support himself and his son, Pierre takes on an extra job as a nightwatchman at a museum. When Jacques learns through Ellen that "Vaux" is an art thief who plans to steal some paintings from the museum where Pierre works, he tries to prevent the theft, but is arrested himself instead. Finally, the real Vaux is captured, and Pierre and Jacques receive a reward from the French government for helping to recover stolen paintings. Financially secure, Jacques is now able to marry Ellen, with whom he has fallen in love. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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