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The 20 Jan 1917 Moving Picture World announced the film as Metro Picture Corporation’s final “regular” release for the month. The original story by lead actress Olga Petrova focused on “Mary O’Brien,” described as the type of “progressive, great minded” woman produced by contemporary Ireland. An item in the 27 Jan 1917 Motography described the film as a story about the current World War, and “the modern trend of feminism.”
       Bridges Burned opened 29 Jan 1917 to generally positive reviews, although several critics asserted that Petrova’s role did not offer her adequate opportunity to demonstrate her dramatic skills. While the 2 Feb 1917 Var took exception to the protagonist giving birth out of wedlock, the 10 Feb 1917 Moving Picture World accepted the character as an archetype of Petrova’s Russian heritage, transposed to an Irish setting. In reality, the actress was an Englishwoman named Muriel Harding.
       This was the first Popular Plays and Players film released after a fire nearly destroyed their studio. ...

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The 20 Jan 1917 Moving Picture World announced the film as Metro Picture Corporation’s final “regular” release for the month. The original story by lead actress Olga Petrova focused on “Mary O’Brien,” described as the type of “progressive, great minded” woman produced by contemporary Ireland. An item in the 27 Jan 1917 Motography described the film as a story about the current World War, and “the modern trend of feminism.”
       Bridges Burned opened 29 Jan 1917 to generally positive reviews, although several critics asserted that Petrova’s role did not offer her adequate opportunity to demonstrate her dramatic skills. While the 2 Feb 1917 Var took exception to the protagonist giving birth out of wedlock, the 10 Feb 1917 Moving Picture World accepted the character as an archetype of Petrova’s Russian heritage, transposed to an Irish setting. In reality, the actress was an Englishwoman named Muriel Harding.
       This was the first Popular Plays and Players film released after a fire nearly destroyed their studio.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
10 Feb 1917
p. 705
Motion Picture News
27 Jan 1917
p. 521
Motion Picture News
10 Feb 1917
p. 922, 932
Motography
27 Jan 1917
p. 197
Motography
10 Feb 1917
pp. 319-320
Moving Picture World
20 Jan 1917
p. 387
Moving Picture World
10 Feb 1917
p. 871
New York Clipper
31 Jan 1917
p. 34
NYDM
20 Jan 1917
p. 30
NYDM
3 Feb 1917
p. 28
Variety
2 Feb 1917
p. 25
Wid's Daily
8 Feb 1917
pp. 95-96
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 January 1917
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Popular Plays and Players, Inc.
29 January 1917
LP10087
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Mary O'Brien, the daughter of an Irish gentleman, falls in love with young Ernest Randal, the son of an English baronet, while he is visiting the Irishman's home. When Mary's father learns that his daughter is pregnant, he insists upon a marriage, to which Mary reluctantly agrees for the sake of her unborn child. Immediately after the marriage, which she believes that her father has forced upon Ernest, Mary leaves home and secures employment in a cotton mill where she becomes involved in welfare work for the employees. Reading of his wife's accomplishments in the newspaper, Ernest goes to Mary and tries to persuade her to return to him, but she refuses. A despondent Earl goes to war and when news comes that he has been killed in battle, Mary realizes too late her love for him. The report of Ernest's death proves false, however, and the lovers are given a second chance to have a life ...

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Mary O'Brien, the daughter of an Irish gentleman, falls in love with young Ernest Randal, the son of an English baronet, while he is visiting the Irishman's home. When Mary's father learns that his daughter is pregnant, he insists upon a marriage, to which Mary reluctantly agrees for the sake of her unborn child. Immediately after the marriage, which she believes that her father has forced upon Ernest, Mary leaves home and secures employment in a cotton mill where she becomes involved in welfare work for the employees. Reading of his wife's accomplishments in the newspaper, Ernest goes to Mary and tries to persuade her to return to him, but she refuses. A despondent Earl goes to war and when news comes that he has been killed in battle, Mary realizes too late her love for him. The report of Ernest's death proves false, however, and the lovers are given a second chance to have a life together.

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