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This film was also known as A Son of Battle . MPW commented, "The incidents of the story in an indirect way touch on what we believe to be authentic facts in the history of the South." According to a NYDM article, this film was "reconstructed" for rerelease in 1921 under the title A Rough Shod Fighter . 1921 showings included Providence, RI, where it opened the week of 20 Oct 1921. NYSA records reveal that the film was granted a license for exhibition in New York state in 1927, at which time it retained the title of A Rough Shod Fighter . The only verified 1927 showing of the film was in Henderson, NY, where it was shown at a parish house on 30 ... More Less

This film was also known as A Son of Battle . MPW commented, "The incidents of the story in an indirect way touch on what we believe to be authentic facts in the history of the South." According to a NYDM article, this film was "reconstructed" for rerelease in 1921 under the title A Rough Shod Fighter . 1921 showings included Providence, RI, where it opened the week of 20 Oct 1921. NYSA records reveal that the film was granted a license for exhibition in New York state in 1927, at which time it retained the title of A Rough Shod Fighter . The only verified 1927 showing of the film was in Henderson, NY, where it was shown at a parish house on 30 Sep. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
8 Jan 1922.
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Motog
17 Mar 17
p. 589.
MPN
10 Mar 17
p. 1574.
MPW
3 Mar 17
p. 1407.
MPW
10 Mar 17
p. 1589.
MPW
17 Mar 17
p. 1714 (ad insert), 1822
Providence News
20 Oct 1921
p. 13.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
A Son of Battle
A Rough Shod Fighter
Release Date:
12 March 1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

With the Civil War over, Frank Carlisle, the son of a Southern colonel, returns home to his ravaged Virginia plantation to be ostracized by his neighbors and sweetheart Virginia Leighton, because of his allegiance to the North. Although Frank, like the other whites, expresses concern over the blacks' newfound freedom, he is further disdained when he works alongside his former slave Jubilee, an action that is an outrage to the Southern sense of gentlemanly pride. Virginia forsakes Frank for Huntly Thornton, a dissolute Southern aristocrat who has formed an alliance with carpetbagger Isaiah Gore. When Frank opposes Thornton for a seat in the Senate, Thornton and Gore scheme to discredit him. They plan to drug a young Black boy and terrorize him with "voodoo" spells so that he will be induced to rape Frank's mother. Thornton and Gore believe Frank, in a rage, will then kill the boy. Their plan backfires, however, when the boy attacks Virginia instead. Thornton shoots the boy and carries Virginia away, while Frank is led to believe that Jubilee has killed the boy while protecting Mrs. Carlisle. To shield his mother, Frank claims that he killed the boy, and Gore organizes a mob to lynch him. Frank, however, obtains a confession from Thornton, unmasks Gore and wins ... +


With the Civil War over, Frank Carlisle, the son of a Southern colonel, returns home to his ravaged Virginia plantation to be ostracized by his neighbors and sweetheart Virginia Leighton, because of his allegiance to the North. Although Frank, like the other whites, expresses concern over the blacks' newfound freedom, he is further disdained when he works alongside his former slave Jubilee, an action that is an outrage to the Southern sense of gentlemanly pride. Virginia forsakes Frank for Huntly Thornton, a dissolute Southern aristocrat who has formed an alliance with carpetbagger Isaiah Gore. When Frank opposes Thornton for a seat in the Senate, Thornton and Gore scheme to discredit him. They plan to drug a young Black boy and terrorize him with "voodoo" spells so that he will be induced to rape Frank's mother. Thornton and Gore believe Frank, in a rage, will then kill the boy. Their plan backfires, however, when the boy attacks Virginia instead. Thornton shoots the boy and carries Virginia away, while Frank is led to believe that Jubilee has killed the boy while protecting Mrs. Carlisle. To shield his mother, Frank claims that he killed the boy, and Gore organizes a mob to lynch him. Frank, however, obtains a confession from Thornton, unmasks Gore and wins Virginia. +

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