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The film opened on 20 Aug 1915. A review in the 14 Aug 1915 Motion Picture News commended cast members Mabel Trunelle, Bigelow Cooper, and Marc MacDermott on their performances. The picture was condemned by the Pennsylvania State Board of Censors, as stated in the 22 Jan 1916 issue.
       The scenario was adapted by Dorothy Donnell as a short story for the Oct 1915 Motion Picture.
       Cast member Leonie Flugrath was later known as Shirley Mason.
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The film opened on 20 Aug 1915. A review in the 14 Aug 1915 Motion Picture News commended cast members Mabel Trunelle, Bigelow Cooper, and Marc MacDermott on their performances. The picture was condemned by the Pennsylvania State Board of Censors, as stated in the 22 Jan 1916 issue.
       The scenario was adapted by Dorothy Donnell as a short story for the Oct 1915 Motion Picture.
       Cast member Leonie Flugrath was later known as Shirley Mason.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture
Oct 1915
p. 57
Motion Picture News
14 Aug 1915
p. 88
Motion Picture News
28 Aug 1915
p. 88
Motion Picture News
22 Jan 1916
p. 347
Motography
14 Aug 1915
p. 309, 327
Moving Picture World
25 Sep 1915
p. 15, 59
Moving Picture World
21 Aug 1915
pp. 1363-1364
NYDM
1 Sep 1915
p. 30
Variety
27 Aug 1915
p. 19
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 August 1915
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
6 August 1915
LP6049
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Although Mary Fitz Allen loves soldier Arthur Barton, her socially ambitious mother promises her to the middle-aged Lord Lester. On one occasion, lecherous barrister Robert Jardon insults Mary, and Arthur knocks out unconscious. Believing he has accidentally killed Jardon, Arthur leaves England, promising Mary that he will send for her. Upon learning that Mary is pregnant, Mrs. Fitz Allen takes her to the country, and bribes a servant to care for the child, after convincing her daughter that it has died. Arthur dies at sea and Mary agrees to marry Lord Lester. Fifteen years later, Mary has found true love with Lester. However, Jardon, who was blinded in one eye by Arthur, is now Lester's attorney. He discovers a letter to Mrs. Fitz Allen from her grandchild’s guardian, and threatens to tell Lester unless Mary gives in to his desires. After she refuses, Jardon is murdered by his discarded mistress, Babette. Mary is suspected of the murder and escapes to the country to live with her child. Babette confesses, and Lester accepts Mary child into the ...

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Although Mary Fitz Allen loves soldier Arthur Barton, her socially ambitious mother promises her to the middle-aged Lord Lester. On one occasion, lecherous barrister Robert Jardon insults Mary, and Arthur knocks out unconscious. Believing he has accidentally killed Jardon, Arthur leaves England, promising Mary that he will send for her. Upon learning that Mary is pregnant, Mrs. Fitz Allen takes her to the country, and bribes a servant to care for the child, after convincing her daughter that it has died. Arthur dies at sea and Mary agrees to marry Lord Lester. Fifteen years later, Mary has found true love with Lester. However, Jardon, who was blinded in one eye by Arthur, is now Lester's attorney. He discovers a letter to Mrs. Fitz Allen from her grandchild’s guardian, and threatens to tell Lester unless Mary gives in to his desires. After she refuses, Jardon is murdered by his discarded mistress, Babette. Mary is suspected of the murder and escapes to the country to live with her child. Babette confesses, and Lester accepts Mary child into the family.

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