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The copyright entry attributes the scenario to Adeline Leitzbach. The story by Katherine Kavanaugh included in the copyright descriptions was originally entitled "The Alien Strain." On the cover sheet of the story, George Scarborough's name as story writer seems to be partially scratched out or ... More Less

The copyright entry attributes the scenario to Adeline Leitzbach. The story by Katherine Kavanaugh included in the copyright descriptions was originally entitled "The Alien Strain." On the cover sheet of the story, George Scarborough's name as story writer seems to be partially scratched out or erased. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
3 Aug 18
p. 747.
ETR
31 Aug 18
p. 1089.
MPN
31 Aug 18
p. 1367.
MPW
16 Feb 18
p. 1008.
MPW
31 Aug 18
p. 1302.
NYDM
31 Aug 18
p. 319.
Variety
13 Sep 18
p. 44.
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 August 1918
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
18 August 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12769
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Sam Harris, a black worker on the sugar plantation of Hugh Houston in Puerto Rico, is crippled for life when Houston beats him. Huston silences Harris with money and promises him a monthly allotment for the rest of his life. Houston's secretary, Franklin Harvey, is puzzled by Harris' regular appearances at Houston's office. When Houston's daughter Sybil, who lives in Boston, visits her father, she so enchants Harvey that he becomes fiercely determined to marry her. Sybil repulses Franklin's attentions, and after her father dies, Franklin tries to prevent her marriage to the man she loves, John Carter, by falsifying Houston's marriage certificate, substituting the name of Harris' mother for that of Sybil's own. When he threatens to reveal to John that Sybil is part black, she orders him to leave but is later haunted by the fear that her child will be born black. Franklin angrily tells his story to John, and while the two men fight, Sybil rushes into the next room and apparently shoots herself. Remorseful at the thought that Sybil killed herself because of him, Franklin confesses his lie, but Sybil appears at the door unharmed and says she knew he was ... +


Sam Harris, a black worker on the sugar plantation of Hugh Houston in Puerto Rico, is crippled for life when Houston beats him. Huston silences Harris with money and promises him a monthly allotment for the rest of his life. Houston's secretary, Franklin Harvey, is puzzled by Harris' regular appearances at Houston's office. When Houston's daughter Sybil, who lives in Boston, visits her father, she so enchants Harvey that he becomes fiercely determined to marry her. Sybil repulses Franklin's attentions, and after her father dies, Franklin tries to prevent her marriage to the man she loves, John Carter, by falsifying Houston's marriage certificate, substituting the name of Harris' mother for that of Sybil's own. When he threatens to reveal to John that Sybil is part black, she orders him to leave but is later haunted by the fear that her child will be born black. Franklin angrily tells his story to John, and while the two men fight, Sybil rushes into the next room and apparently shoots herself. Remorseful at the thought that Sybil killed herself because of him, Franklin confesses his lie, but Sybil appears at the door unharmed and says she knew he was lying. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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