The Social Highwayman (1916)

Drama | 17 April 1916

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
29 Apr 16
p. 1000.
MPN
29 Apr 16
p. 2556.
MPW
22 Apr 16
p. 574 (ad insert).
MPW
29 Apr 16
p. 818, 868
Variety
14 Apr 16
p. 26.
Wid's
20 Apr 16
p. 522.
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LITERARY
Based on the play A Social Highwayman by Mary Stone (New York, 24 Sep 1895).
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DETAILS
Release Date:
17 April 1916
Copyright Claimant:
World Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 April 1916
Copyright Number:
LU8148
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Curtis Jaffray's mother, an Italian peasant, must steal to support herself, but genetic tendencies as well as economic necessity contribute to her penchant for robbery, as it is inherited by her son. After John, his British nobleman father, catches him stealing, Curtis runs away, but rather than try to change his nature, he decides to put his mother's legacy to good use. As a result, after he has risen to a prominent position in the United States, he starts stealing from those who belong to his own wealthy social set and then distributing the money among the poor. Even though they can afford it, however, this sort of forced philanthropy terrifies Curtis' friends, and so they enlist the aid of the police, who finally manage to corner the criminal and kill ... +


Curtis Jaffray's mother, an Italian peasant, must steal to support herself, but genetic tendencies as well as economic necessity contribute to her penchant for robbery, as it is inherited by her son. After John, his British nobleman father, catches him stealing, Curtis runs away, but rather than try to change his nature, he decides to put his mother's legacy to good use. As a result, after he has risen to a prominent position in the United States, he starts stealing from those who belong to his own wealthy social set and then distributing the money among the poor. Even though they can afford it, however, this sort of forced philanthropy terrifies Curtis' friends, and so they enlist the aid of the police, who finally manage to corner the criminal and kill him. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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