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The 29 Sep 1917 Moving Picture World announced World Film Corp.’s purchase of motion picture rights for Arthur M. Brilant’s play, The Alibi. The acquisition was arranged by the company’s director general, William A. Brady, whose daughter, Alice Brady, was expected to assume the lead role. Brilant was also negotiating with theatrical producers to open the play on Broadway. Although the 24 Nov 1917 Motography reported a 12 Nov 1917 release date, the 19 Nov 1917 Var stated that the picture was rescheduled to open on 17 Dec 1917. Alice Brady had been replaced by June Elvidge, and the title had been officially changed to Broken Ties. The release was again postponed until 18 Feb 1918, as stated in the 19 Jan 1918 Exhibitors Herald.
       The picture opened to generally positive reviews, although the 2 Mar 1918 Exhibitors Herald found the production to be nothing out of the ordinary, and the May 1918 Photoplay described the plot as two “distinct stories” combined into one.
       According to the 30 Apr 1919 New York Clipper, Brilant’s stage version of The Alibi opened 21 Apr 1919 in Stamford, CT. ... More Less

The 29 Sep 1917 Moving Picture World announced World Film Corp.’s purchase of motion picture rights for Arthur M. Brilant’s play, The Alibi. The acquisition was arranged by the company’s director general, William A. Brady, whose daughter, Alice Brady, was expected to assume the lead role. Brilant was also negotiating with theatrical producers to open the play on Broadway. Although the 24 Nov 1917 Motography reported a 12 Nov 1917 release date, the 19 Nov 1917 Var stated that the picture was rescheduled to open on 17 Dec 1917. Alice Brady had been replaced by June Elvidge, and the title had been officially changed to Broken Ties. The release was again postponed until 18 Feb 1918, as stated in the 19 Jan 1918 Exhibitors Herald.
       The picture opened to generally positive reviews, although the 2 Mar 1918 Exhibitors Herald found the production to be nothing out of the ordinary, and the May 1918 Photoplay described the plot as two “distinct stories” combined into one.
       According to the 30 Apr 1919 New York Clipper, Brilant’s stage version of The Alibi opened 21 Apr 1919 in Stamford, CT. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
19 Jan 1918
p. 29
Exhibitors Herald
2 Mar 1918
p. 24
Exhibitors Trade Review
9 Feb 1918
p. 833, 835
Motion Picture News
16 Feb 1918
p. 1037
Motography
24 Nov 1917
p. 1119
Motography
16 Feb 1918
p. 325
Moving Picture World
29 Sep 1917
p. 1973
Moving Picture World
16 Feb 1918
pp. 1001-1002
New York Clipper
30 Apr 1919
p. 5
NYDM
9 Feb 1918
p. 19
Photoplay
May 1918
p. 106
Variety
19 Nov 1917
p. 29
Variety
22 Feb 1918
p. 45
Wid's Daily
28 Feb 1918
pp. 97-98
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LITERARY
Based on the play, The Alibi by Arthur M. Brilant.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Alibi
Release Date:
18 February 1918
Production Date:
autumn 1917
Copyright Claimant:
World Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
31 January 1918
Copyright Number:
LU12013
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Corinne La Force, the daughter of a white sailor and a black West Indian mother, is raised by Henry Hasbrook after her father's death. Corinne, who loves Hasbrook's nephew, Arnold Curtis, murders her foster father when he tries to prevent the match because of her mixed blood. Marcia Fleming, a married woman with whom Arnold was having an affair, and her mother-in-law are suspects, although Arnold is arrested for the murder. John Fleming, hired to defend Arnold, renounces his wife when he learns of the affair. Just as Arnold is about to confess to the crime in hopes of saving Marcia's reputation, Corinne admits her guilt and stabs herself. Fleming decides to pay more attention to Marcia, and the two are ... +


Corinne La Force, the daughter of a white sailor and a black West Indian mother, is raised by Henry Hasbrook after her father's death. Corinne, who loves Hasbrook's nephew, Arnold Curtis, murders her foster father when he tries to prevent the match because of her mixed blood. Marcia Fleming, a married woman with whom Arnold was having an affair, and her mother-in-law are suspects, although Arnold is arrested for the murder. John Fleming, hired to defend Arnold, renounces his wife when he learns of the affair. Just as Arnold is about to confess to the crime in hopes of saving Marcia's reputation, Corinne admits her guilt and stabs herself. Fleming decides to pay more attention to Marcia, and the two are reconciled. +

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