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Principal photography began in Sep 1916, as indicated by various contemporary news items. Locations included the country estate known as "The Monastery" in Huntington, Long Island, NY; actress Billie Burke's home and swimming pool near Tarrytown, NY; and the New Hampton Industrial Farms at New Hampton, NY, where battle scenes were shot using 450 inmates. The 14 Oct 1916 Motion Picture News noted that the inmates were under the supervision of Warden Lewis E. Lawes. In an interview published in the [Middletown, NY] Orange County Times Press, assistant director Fred Sittenham praised Lawes’s cooperation during filming.
       Clara Whipple was named as Lionel Barrymore’s co-star in the 16 Sep 1916 Moving Picture World, which also noted that screenwriter Charles Maigne, a retired army officer, had agreed to appear in a small role. The 13 Sep 1916 [Middletown, NY] Daily Argus named Harry Semels as a cast member.
       The 11 Nov 1916 Motography cited a release date of 23 Oct 1916. The film was set to open on 29 Oct 1916 at Loew’s New York Theatre, according to a listing in the 22 Oct 1916 [New York, NY] Sun. Openings in Brooklyn, NY, and Los Angeles, CA, opening took place around the same time. ...

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Principal photography began in Sep 1916, as indicated by various contemporary news items. Locations included the country estate known as "The Monastery" in Huntington, Long Island, NY; actress Billie Burke's home and swimming pool near Tarrytown, NY; and the New Hampton Industrial Farms at New Hampton, NY, where battle scenes were shot using 450 inmates. The 14 Oct 1916 Motion Picture News noted that the inmates were under the supervision of Warden Lewis E. Lawes. In an interview published in the [Middletown, NY] Orange County Times Press, assistant director Fred Sittenham praised Lawes’s cooperation during filming.
       Clara Whipple was named as Lionel Barrymore’s co-star in the 16 Sep 1916 Moving Picture World, which also noted that screenwriter Charles Maigne, a retired army officer, had agreed to appear in a small role. The 13 Sep 1916 [Middletown, NY] Daily Argus named Harry Semels as a cast member.
       The 11 Nov 1916 Motography cited a release date of 23 Oct 1916. The film was set to open on 29 Oct 1916 at Loew’s New York Theatre, according to a listing in the 22 Oct 1916 [New York, NY] Sun. Openings in Brooklyn, NY, and Los Angeles, CA, opening took place around the same time.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chat [Brooklyn, NY]
28 Oct 1916
p. 48.
Daily Argus [Middletown, NY]
13 Sep 1916
p. 1, 8.
Huntington Herald [Huntington, IN]
10 May 1917
p. 5.
Los Angeles Times
2 Nov 1916.
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Morning Oregonian [Portland, OR]
28 Sep 1916
p. 8.
Motion Picture News
23 Sep 1916
p. 1853.
Motion Picture News
14 Oct 1916
p. 2362.
Motion Picture News
14 Oct 1916
p. 2406.
Motion Picture News
4 Nov 1916
p. 2863.
Motography
23 Sep 1916
p. 741.
Motography
11 Nov 1916
p. 1101.
Moving Picture World
16 Sep 1916
p. 1856.
Moving Picture World
28 Oct 1916
p. 605.
Moving Picture World
4 Nov 1916
p. 691, 693
New York Clipper
8 Nov 1916
p. 34.
New York Times
29 Oct 1916.
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NYDM
1 Jun 1916
p. 611.
NYDM
28 Oct 1916
p. 27.
Orange County Times Press [Middletown, NY]
19 Sep 1916
p. 6.
Sun [New York, NY]
22 Oct 1916
p. 30.
Vancouver Sun [Vancouver, British Columbia]
11 Sep 1916
p. 8.
Variety
3 Nov 1916
p. 30.
Wid's
2 Nov 1916
p. 1072.
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 October 1916
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 29 Oct 1916 at Loew's New York; Brooklyn, NY, opening: 2 Nov 1916; Los Angeles opening: week of 2 Nov 1916
Production Date:
began Sep 1916
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Rolfe Photoplays, Inc.
26 October 1916
LP9405
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Man-about-town Cyril Hamilton is engaged to Marcia West, the daughter of a colonel, but when Cyril refuses to accompany the colonel's national guard unit into action, Marcia leaves him and goes West with her father's troops. Ashamed of his cowardice, Cyril enlists as a private in another regiment fighting at the Mexican border, but his society manner annoys all of the men around him. Cyril discovers that Marcia has been abducted by the Mexican bandit Navarete, and after tracking them down, he kills the kidnapper and rescues the victim, who now must acknowledge Cyril's bravery. Finally, however, even he is no match for the dozens of men in Naverete's band. At the last moment, Colonel West and his men save Marcia and Cyril, who quickly get married, and finally Cyril is given a hero's welcome when he returns to his ...

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Man-about-town Cyril Hamilton is engaged to Marcia West, the daughter of a colonel, but when Cyril refuses to accompany the colonel's national guard unit into action, Marcia leaves him and goes West with her father's troops. Ashamed of his cowardice, Cyril enlists as a private in another regiment fighting at the Mexican border, but his society manner annoys all of the men around him. Cyril discovers that Marcia has been abducted by the Mexican bandit Navarete, and after tracking them down, he kills the kidnapper and rescues the victim, who now must acknowledge Cyril's bravery. Finally, however, even he is no match for the dozens of men in Naverete's band. At the last moment, Colonel West and his men save Marcia and Cyril, who quickly get married, and finally Cyril is given a hero's welcome when he returns to his regiment.

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