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The 21 May 1915 Var announced the upcoming picture, a coproduction of Bosworth, Inc. and Universal Film Mfg. Co., by its working title, The Shepherd of the Mines. Olga Printzlau Clark, who wrote the original story, was listed in the article as “Olga Clark,” and in the 21 Oct 1916 Motion Picture News as “Olga Printzlau.” On 29 May 1915, Motion Picture News noted that the title had been changed to The Scarlet Sin. Principal photography began the week of 30 May 1915, as stated in the 5 Jun 1915 Motography. That same day, Motion Picture News reported that the producers dispatched several “location men” to photograph coal and mineral mines in various regions. All of the locations were ultimately rejected.
       The 11 Sep 1915 Motion Picture News noted that lead actor Hobart Bosworth appeared in the film as both a Christian minister and as Jesus Christ. The 18 Sep 1915 issue credited actress Maude George as the stuntwoman who performed an onscreen dive from a bridge into the “artificial lake” at Universal Studios.
       The Scarlet Sin opened on 2 Aug 1915 to positive reviews in the 31 Jul 1915 Motion Picture News and the 20 Aug 1915 Var. A report from London, England, in the 12 Nov 1915 Var noted that the picture was well-received by the British public.
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The 21 May 1915 Var announced the upcoming picture, a coproduction of Bosworth, Inc. and Universal Film Mfg. Co., by its working title, The Shepherd of the Mines. Olga Printzlau Clark, who wrote the original story, was listed in the article as “Olga Clark,” and in the 21 Oct 1916 Motion Picture News as “Olga Printzlau.” On 29 May 1915, Motion Picture News noted that the title had been changed to The Scarlet Sin. Principal photography began the week of 30 May 1915, as stated in the 5 Jun 1915 Motography. That same day, Motion Picture News reported that the producers dispatched several “location men” to photograph coal and mineral mines in various regions. All of the locations were ultimately rejected.
       The 11 Sep 1915 Motion Picture News noted that lead actor Hobart Bosworth appeared in the film as both a Christian minister and as Jesus Christ. The 18 Sep 1915 issue credited actress Maude George as the stuntwoman who performed an onscreen dive from a bridge into the “artificial lake” at Universal Studios.
       The Scarlet Sin opened on 2 Aug 1915 to positive reviews in the 31 Jul 1915 Motion Picture News and the 20 Aug 1915 Var. A report from London, England, in the 12 Nov 1915 Var noted that the picture was well-received by the British public.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
29 May 1915
pp. 46-47
Motion Picture News
5 Jun 1915
p. 47
Motion Picture News
17 Jul 1915
p. 30
Motion Picture News
31 Jul 1915
p. 77
Motion Picture News
7 Aug 1915
p. 2
Motion Picture News
14 Aug 1915
p. 106
Motion Picture News
11 Sep 1915
p. 73
Motion Picture News
18 Sep 1915
p. 81
Motion Picture News
4 Dec 1915
p. 71
Motion Picture News
21 Oct 1916
p. 135
Motography
5 Jun 1915
p. 942
Motography
7 Aug 1915
pp. 255-56, 280
Moving Picture World
12 Jun 1915
p. 1785
Moving Picture World
31 Jul 1915
p. 893
Moving Picture World
7 Aug 1915
p. 998
Moving Picture World
13 Nov 1915
p. 1280
Variety
21 May 1915
p. 17
Variety
20 Aug 1915
p. 21
Variety
12 Nov 1915
p. 20
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Shepherd of the Mines
Release Date:
2 August 1915
Production Date:
began week of 30 May 1915
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Universal Film Mfg. Co., Inc.
17 July 1915
LP5851
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Against the wishes of his wife, Cecelia, the Reverend Eric Norton leaves his position in a fashionable New York City congregation to preach in a poor mining town. Controversy rages about the safety of the mines, which have been closed due to public concerns. Despite threats from the miners’ ringleader, "Bull" Morgan, Eric uses his influence with the owner to put the men back to work. Meanwhile, Cecelia is bored with her drab life and deserts her infant son, traveling to Paris, France, with her former lover, Richard Allen. After Richard abandons her, the remorseful Cecelia returns home to find that Eric, who presumed she was dead, has married his ward, Edith Jackson. Bull Morgan attempts to blow up the mines and is buried in the rubble. While sneaking into her home for a last look at her son, Cecelia accidentally sets the house on fire. She bravely rescues the baby and begs Eric's forgiveness before she ...

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Against the wishes of his wife, Cecelia, the Reverend Eric Norton leaves his position in a fashionable New York City congregation to preach in a poor mining town. Controversy rages about the safety of the mines, which have been closed due to public concerns. Despite threats from the miners’ ringleader, "Bull" Morgan, Eric uses his influence with the owner to put the men back to work. Meanwhile, Cecelia is bored with her drab life and deserts her infant son, traveling to Paris, France, with her former lover, Richard Allen. After Richard abandons her, the remorseful Cecelia returns home to find that Eric, who presumed she was dead, has married his ward, Edith Jackson. Bull Morgan attempts to blow up the mines and is buried in the rubble. While sneaking into her home for a last look at her son, Cecelia accidentally sets the house on fire. She bravely rescues the baby and begs Eric's forgiveness before she dies.

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