Less Than the Dust (1916)

Drama | 6 November 1916

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HISTORY

This film was Artcraft Pictures Corp.'s first release, and the first production of the Mary Pickford Film Corp. According to modern sources, Emmett Flynn was an assistant director. NYDM stated that the story was "inspired by the poem which Lawrence Hope included in his 'India's Love ... More Less

This film was Artcraft Pictures Corp.'s first release, and the first production of the Mary Pickford Film Corp. According to modern sources, Emmett Flynn was an assistant director. NYDM stated that the story was "inspired by the poem which Lawrence Hope included in his 'India's Love Lyric.'" More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
18 Nov 16
p. 1143.
MPN
7 Oct 16
p. 2213.
MPN
18 Nov 16
p. 3170.
MPW
23 Sep 16
p. 1959.
MPW
25 Nov 16
p. 1227.
New York Times
6 Nov 16
p. 9.
NYDM
30 Sep 16
p. 23.
NYDM
11 Nov 16
p. 27.
Variety
10 Nov 16
p. 25.
Wid's
9 Nov 16
p. 1086.
DETAILS
Release Date:
6 November 1916
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Radha, a young Hindu woman, becomes best friends with Captain Raymond Townsend during his service in India, but he soon goes back to England to tend to the estate of an uncle who has just died. Then, Ramlan, the sword maker who raised Radha, is arrested for taking part in an anti-British uprising, and before he goes to jail, he decides to tell Radha the true story of her birth: her real father, Captain Brooke, died of a drug overdose, and her destitute mother then entrusted her to Ramlan. After learning about her background, Radha goes to England to claim her rightful inheritance from the estate of her late grandfather, who is also Raymond's uncle. Raymond is delighted to discover that his Hindu friend is really a white woman, and after dividing the estate with Radha, he brings the fortune back together by marrying ... +


Radha, a young Hindu woman, becomes best friends with Captain Raymond Townsend during his service in India, but he soon goes back to England to tend to the estate of an uncle who has just died. Then, Ramlan, the sword maker who raised Radha, is arrested for taking part in an anti-British uprising, and before he goes to jail, he decides to tell Radha the true story of her birth: her real father, Captain Brooke, died of a drug overdose, and her destitute mother then entrusted her to Ramlan. After learning about her background, Radha goes to England to claim her rightful inheritance from the estate of her late grandfather, who is also Raymond's uncle. Raymond is delighted to discover that his Hindu friend is really a white woman, and after dividing the estate with Radha, he brings the fortune back together by marrying her. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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