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The 25 Aug 1917 Motography announced the upcoming production as one of four Mutual Film Corp. releases to star Edna Goodrich, “the ‘all American’ girl of the stage.” According to the article, the four scenarios had personally been selected by Goodrich with assistance from Mutual president John R. Freuler. Two weeks later, the 8 Sep 1917 Motography reported that principal photography had already been completed. Production took place at Mutual’s studios on Long Island, NY. Various sources have identified the location as the Empire All Star Corp. studios in Glendale, Long Island. In an article she contributed to the Jun 1918 Film Fun, Goodrich revealed that two of the gowns she wore in the picture cost a total of $2,800.
       American Maid was scheduled to open on 3 Dec 1917, as noted in the 29 Dec 1917 Motion Picture News. However, conflicting information in the 8 Dec 1917 Motography listed a release date of 26 Nov 1917. A negative review of the picture in the 7 Dec 1917 Var claimed that Mutual had apparently salvaged an older, unreleased production by adding two reels of new footage.
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The 25 Aug 1917 Motography announced the upcoming production as one of four Mutual Film Corp. releases to star Edna Goodrich, “the ‘all American’ girl of the stage.” According to the article, the four scenarios had personally been selected by Goodrich with assistance from Mutual president John R. Freuler. Two weeks later, the 8 Sep 1917 Motography reported that principal photography had already been completed. Production took place at Mutual’s studios on Long Island, NY. Various sources have identified the location as the Empire All Star Corp. studios in Glendale, Long Island. In an article she contributed to the Jun 1918 Film Fun, Goodrich revealed that two of the gowns she wore in the picture cost a total of $2,800.
       American Maid was scheduled to open on 3 Dec 1917, as noted in the 29 Dec 1917 Motion Picture News. However, conflicting information in the 8 Dec 1917 Motography listed a release date of 26 Nov 1917. A negative review of the picture in the 7 Dec 1917 Var claimed that Mutual had apparently salvaged an older, unreleased production by adding two reels of new footage.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
22 Dec 1917
p. 297
Film Fun
Jun 1918
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Motion Picture News
29 Dec 1917
p. 4593
Motography
25 Aug 1917
p. 411
Motography
1 Sep 1917
p. 443
Motography
8 Sep 1917
p. 512
Motography
29 Sep 1917
p. 669
Motography
8 Dec 1917
p. 1196, 1219
Motography
22 Dec 1917
p. 1306
Moving Picture World
1 Sep 1917
p. 1361
Moving Picture World
14 Feb 1920
following p. 1011
Moving Picture World
1 Dec 1917
p. 1483
Moving Picture World
8 Dec 1917
p. 1483
Moving Picture World
29 Dec 1917
p. 1995
Variety
7 Dec 1917
p. 50
Wid's Daily
6 Dec 1917
p. 776
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Release Date:
3 December 1917
Production Date:
ended Aug 1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Virginia Lee, a U.S. senator's daughter serving in the Red Cross at a French field hospital, treats wounded American soldier David Starr, who falls in love with her. After David is wounded a second time, he is sent back to Washington, D.C. Months later, David sees Virginia at a French Embassy ball. Certain that he is unworthy of a wealthy senator’s daughter, David travels west. Two years later, Virginia and her father also travel west to investigate thievery at the mines. During an Independence Day celebration, Sheriff Sam Benson and a posse chase the accused thief, known as "Lonesome." Although he is wounded, Lonesome escapes and takes refuge in a cabin where Virginia is staying. She recognizes the man as David and, certain of his innocence, leaves him in the sheriff’s custody while she seeks legal help from her father. Upon her return, Virginia proves that Sam is the thief, then dons her Red Cross uniform and again nurses the wounded ...

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Virginia Lee, a U.S. senator's daughter serving in the Red Cross at a French field hospital, treats wounded American soldier David Starr, who falls in love with her. After David is wounded a second time, he is sent back to Washington, D.C. Months later, David sees Virginia at a French Embassy ball. Certain that he is unworthy of a wealthy senator’s daughter, David travels west. Two years later, Virginia and her father also travel west to investigate thievery at the mines. During an Independence Day celebration, Sheriff Sam Benson and a posse chase the accused thief, known as "Lonesome." Although he is wounded, Lonesome escapes and takes refuge in a cabin where Virginia is staying. She recognizes the man as David and, certain of his innocence, leaves him in the sheriff’s custody while she seeks legal help from her father. Upon her return, Virginia proves that Sam is the thief, then dons her Red Cross uniform and again nurses the wounded David.

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