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Actress Camille Ankewich changed her name to Marcia Manon in 1918. Sources conflict concerning the name she used for this ... More Less

Actress Camille Ankewich changed her name to Marcia Manon in 1918. Sources conflict concerning the name she used for this film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
2 Mar 18
p. 1066.
MPN
2 Mar 18
p. 1319.
MPN
23 Mar 18
p. 1721.
MPW
2 Mar 18
p. 1269, 1275
NYDM
26 Jan 18
p. 26.
NYDM
2 Mar 18
p. 18.
NYDM
9 Mar 18
p. 26.
Wid's
7 Mar 18
pp. 986-87.
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 February 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co.
Copyright Date:
15 February 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12069
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Luigi Riccardo, the proprietor of a marionette theater in New York's Little Italy, eagerly anticipates the arrival of his wife Maria and daughter Tessa, whom he has not seen in five years. Luigi dreams of becoming an American citizen, but because he refuses to make graft payments to Regan, the ward boss, he is informed that he will not receive his naturalization papers. When Regan orders Dr. Ross, an Ellis Island physician, to classify Maria and Tessa as unfit to enter the country, Luigi becomes wild with grief. Newspaper reporter Sam Potts learns of the Italian's misfortune and, through local prizefighter Bump Rundle, offers Regan a phony bribe in exchange for Luigi's papers. Regan accepts and Sam exposes him publicly, enabling Luigi to welcome his wife and daughter as American ... +


Luigi Riccardo, the proprietor of a marionette theater in New York's Little Italy, eagerly anticipates the arrival of his wife Maria and daughter Tessa, whom he has not seen in five years. Luigi dreams of becoming an American citizen, but because he refuses to make graft payments to Regan, the ward boss, he is informed that he will not receive his naturalization papers. When Regan orders Dr. Ross, an Ellis Island physician, to classify Maria and Tessa as unfit to enter the country, Luigi becomes wild with grief. Newspaper reporter Sam Potts learns of the Italian's misfortune and, through local prizefighter Bump Rundle, offers Regan a phony bribe in exchange for Luigi's papers. Regan accepts and Sam exposes him publicly, enabling Luigi to welcome his wife and daughter as American citizens. +

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

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