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The film's working title was Hari Kari . In 1920 it was reviewed in Var under the title Who Is Your Servant? . According to news items, Hari Kari was produced in 1917 by the California Motion Picture Corp., but not released until 1920 after the Robertson-Cole Distributing Corp. purchased California's film library. The film was The California Motion Picture Corp.'s final ... More Less

The film's working title was Hari Kari . In 1920 it was reviewed in Var under the title Who Is Your Servant? . According to news items, Hari Kari was produced in 1917 by the California Motion Picture Corp., but not released until 1920 after the Robertson-Cole Distributing Corp. purchased California's film library. The film was The California Motion Picture Corp.'s final production. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
6 Mar 20
p. 1442.
Motion Picture News
31 Mar 1917
p. 2018.
Motography
7 Apr 1917
p. 741.
Motography
19 May 1917
p. 1042.
MPN
14 Feb 20
p. 1712-13.
MPN
13 Mar 20
p. 2518.
MPN
27 Mar 20
p. 2838.
MPW
13 Mar 20
p. 1841.
MPW
31 Jun 1920
p. 690-91.
Photoplay
Jun 1917
p. 109.
Variety
27 Feb 20
p. 47.
Wid's
14 Mar 20
p. 17.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Who Is Your Servant?
Hari Kari
Release Date:
22 February 1920
Production Date:
1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,950
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Rear Admiral Bancroft discovers the plans missing for his new battleship, suspicion falls on Lt. Clifford Bruce, his daughter Madeline's suitor, who was seen climbing out of the Admiral's window. In reality, Bruce, attempting to keep his courtship with Madeline a secret, was retrieving a love letter that he had written the Admiral's daughter. Madeline, suspecting Ito, the house servant, of stealing the plans, takes advantage of the fact that the servant is in love with her and visits his room that night. He shows her the plans which he boasts will bring him a fortune so that the two can elope. Madeline then attempts to gain possession of the papers, and in the ensuing struggle, Ito is stabbed to death. The supposition that he has committed "hari kari" avoids any further investigation, the plans are returned, and the lieutenant wins the consent of the admiral to marry ... +


When Rear Admiral Bancroft discovers the plans missing for his new battleship, suspicion falls on Lt. Clifford Bruce, his daughter Madeline's suitor, who was seen climbing out of the Admiral's window. In reality, Bruce, attempting to keep his courtship with Madeline a secret, was retrieving a love letter that he had written the Admiral's daughter. Madeline, suspecting Ito, the house servant, of stealing the plans, takes advantage of the fact that the servant is in love with her and visits his room that night. He shows her the plans which he boasts will bring him a fortune so that the two can elope. Madeline then attempts to gain possession of the papers, and in the ensuing struggle, Ito is stabbed to death. The supposition that he has committed "hari kari" avoids any further investigation, the plans are returned, and the lieutenant wins the consent of the admiral to marry Madeline. +

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