The Temple of Dusk (1918)

Drama | 20 October 1918

Director:

James Young

Writer:

Frances Marion

Production Designer:

Milton Menasco

Production Company:

Haworth Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The 1920 MPSD lists this film among the credits of William Worthington, who directed many films for Haworth Pictures Corp. According to an early news item, Worthington and Young planned to alternate directorial chores for the ... More Less

The 1920 MPSD lists this film among the credits of William Worthington, who directed many films for Haworth Pictures Corp. According to an early news item, Worthington and Young planned to alternate directorial chores for the company. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
12 Oct 18
p. 1615.
MPN
28 Sep 18
pp. 1946-47.
MPN
5 Oct 18
p. 2259.
MPW
28 Sep 18
p. 1919.
MPW
19 Oct 18
p. 452.
NYDM
19 Oct 18
p. 591.
Variety
1 Nov 18
p. 38.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
20 October 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Haworth Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
16 September 1918
Copyright Number:
LU12866
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Akira, a Japanese poet descended from an old samurai family, loves American Ruth Vale, who was placed in the care of Akira's father when her missionary parents died. Ruth returns Akira's affections until she meets Edward Markham, but the American proves an unfaithful husband. Three years after their marriage, Ruth becomes gravely ill while Edward amuses himself with his new lover, Adrienne Chester, but Akira comforts the dying woman with the promise that he will protect her little daughter Blossom. Later Edward marries his mistress, and, with Akira in charge of Blossom, they return to America, where Adrienne renews her old affair with Pembroke Wilson. One evening, Edward discovers Pembroke making love to his wife and kills him, but Akira accepts the blame to shield Blossom from humiliation. Troubled by a presentiment that Blossom needs him, Akira breaks out of his cell one stormy night and, although a guard shoots him, he manages to reach the girl's home. Carrying her in from the rain, Akira plays with the child until, his strength finally deserting him, he ... +


Akira, a Japanese poet descended from an old samurai family, loves American Ruth Vale, who was placed in the care of Akira's father when her missionary parents died. Ruth returns Akira's affections until she meets Edward Markham, but the American proves an unfaithful husband. Three years after their marriage, Ruth becomes gravely ill while Edward amuses himself with his new lover, Adrienne Chester, but Akira comforts the dying woman with the promise that he will protect her little daughter Blossom. Later Edward marries his mistress, and, with Akira in charge of Blossom, they return to America, where Adrienne renews her old affair with Pembroke Wilson. One evening, Edward discovers Pembroke making love to his wife and kills him, but Akira accepts the blame to shield Blossom from humiliation. Troubled by a presentiment that Blossom needs him, Akira breaks out of his cell one stormy night and, although a guard shoots him, he manages to reach the girl's home. Carrying her in from the rain, Akira plays with the child until, his strength finally deserting him, he dies. +

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