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Lewis' story was originally caled "Prairie Gold." Contemporary sources conflict on whether Stewart or Tyler was the film's assistant director. Production charts in contemporary trade journals indicate that Siegler replaced Gosden as cinematographer, and that Wecker replaced Dyer as properties supervisor. Mid-production trade articles announced that the film's company planned to shoot location scenes in the Imperial Valley, CA and in Kentucky. Available contemporary sources only identify the second propman as ... More Less

Lewis' story was originally caled "Prairie Gold." Contemporary sources conflict on whether Stewart or Tyler was the film's assistant director. Production charts in contemporary trade journals indicate that Siegler replaced Gosden as cinematographer, and that Wecker replaced Dyer as properties supervisor. Mid-production trade articles announced that the film's company planned to shoot location scenes in the Imperial Valley, CA and in Kentucky. Available contemporary sources only identify the second propman as "Wecker." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
23 Feb 19
p. 9.
Camera
2 Mar 1919.
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Camera
23 Mar 19
p. 6.
Camera
30 Mar 19
p. 7, 9
MPN
10 May 19
p. 3089.
MPN
17 May 19
p. 3271.
MPW
10 May 19
p. 938.
Variety
30 May 19
p. 77.
Wid's
4 May 19
p. 7.
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 May 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Film Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
9 May 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13698
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,427
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Gudrun Trygavson works in the American wheat country as a hired girl to Mrs. Hawes. Charley Holt, the son of a rich family, takes the Swedish girl to a dance where she is snubbed by his mother and sister. Enraged at his snobbish relatives, Charley marries Gudrun and gets a menial job as a mill worker. A child is born, but Gudrun's life is unhappy because Charley becomes an alcoholic. After five years of marriage Charley dies in a saloon fight. Gudrun then buys a small farm and works the wheat fields. When tramp Martin O'Neill comes to the farm, Mary feeds him and he works for her. Martin later saves Gudrun and her child from a burning barn but is suspected of starting the fire himself and narrowly escapes a lynching. Finally, it is disclosed that the fire was actually started by Heine, a jealous rival, and Gudrun and Martin are ... +


Gudrun Trygavson works in the American wheat country as a hired girl to Mrs. Hawes. Charley Holt, the son of a rich family, takes the Swedish girl to a dance where she is snubbed by his mother and sister. Enraged at his snobbish relatives, Charley marries Gudrun and gets a menial job as a mill worker. A child is born, but Gudrun's life is unhappy because Charley becomes an alcoholic. After five years of marriage Charley dies in a saloon fight. Gudrun then buys a small farm and works the wheat fields. When tramp Martin O'Neill comes to the farm, Mary feeds him and he works for her. Martin later saves Gudrun and her child from a burning barn but is suspected of starting the fire himself and narrowly escapes a lynching. Finally, it is disclosed that the fire was actually started by Heine, a jealous rival, and Gudrun and Martin are married. +

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