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Many contemporary sources refer to Mary Maurice as "Mother" Maurice because she very frequently played the part of a mother in her ... More Less

Many contemporary sources refer to Mary Maurice as "Mother" Maurice because she very frequently played the part of a mother in her films. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture
Dec 1917
pp. 124-125
Motion Picture
Feb 1918
p. 129, 160
Motion Picture News
17 Nov 1917
p. 3457
Motion Picture News
24 Nov 1917
p. 3666, 3680
Motion Picture News
26 Jan 1918
p. 570
Motography
25 Mar 1916
p. 724
Motography
13 Oct 1917
p. 760
Motography
3 Nov 1917
p. 956
Motography
17 Nov 1917
p. 1038, 1064
Motography
24 Nov 1917
p. 1113
Moving Picture World
24 Nov 1917
p. 1186, 1228
NYDM
17 Nov 1917
p. 19
Variety
23 Nov 1917
p. 44
Wid's Daily
15 Nov 1917
pp. 729-730
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "A Municipal Report" by O. Henry in Hampton's Magazine (Nov 1909).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 November 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
6 November 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11689
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Roger Kendall is sent to Nashville by the editor of his magazine to sign a contract for two cents a word with a woman writer named Azalea Adair. Once there, Kendall realizes that Azalea is very poor and is also the abused wife of Major Caswell, a drunkard who takes from Azalea every cent she earns. Kendall is able to piece their story together by following the movements of a torn dollar bill, which he gives to Azalea's former slave Caesar and which eventually winds up in Caswell's hands. In order to help Azalea, Kendall convinces his editor to increase her stipend to eight cents a word and also to advance her $30. At his hotel, Kendall meets Virginia Rodney, the semi-invalid daughter of a local judge and a good friend of Azalea. Later, Caesar, seeing Caswell violently take Azalea's advance from her, strangles the major. His part in the crime is covered up by Kendall and Virginia's father, however. Now free, Azalea goes to live with Virginia, who becomes engaged to ... +


Roger Kendall is sent to Nashville by the editor of his magazine to sign a contract for two cents a word with a woman writer named Azalea Adair. Once there, Kendall realizes that Azalea is very poor and is also the abused wife of Major Caswell, a drunkard who takes from Azalea every cent she earns. Kendall is able to piece their story together by following the movements of a torn dollar bill, which he gives to Azalea's former slave Caesar and which eventually winds up in Caswell's hands. In order to help Azalea, Kendall convinces his editor to increase her stipend to eight cents a word and also to advance her $30. At his hotel, Kendall meets Virginia Rodney, the semi-invalid daughter of a local judge and a good friend of Azalea. Later, Caesar, seeing Caswell violently take Azalea's advance from her, strangles the major. His part in the crime is covered up by Kendall and Virginia's father, however. Now free, Azalea goes to live with Virginia, who becomes engaged to Kendall. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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