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Paul West's story was originally titled The Deliverance. The film was originally eight reels long but was cut to five reels before its release. It was allegedly produced to capitalize on anti-Mormon sentiment prevalent at the time. Paramount planned to release the film on 11 Jan 1917, postponed the release to 1 Feb 1917 at the last minute, then took the film off its release charts in mid-January 1917. The film subsequently appeared in release charts as a Feb state rights release by Friedman Enterprises; Hiller & Wilk were the film's selling agents.
       A modern source claims that Paramount decided not to distribute the film due to pressure from the Mormon Church. Papers in the Cecil B. DeMille Collection at Brigham Young University indicate that Lasky did not feel that the film was up to company standards and the company wanted to release it as a state rights film. Existing prints of the film have retained the Lasky name, however. ...

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Paul West's story was originally titled The Deliverance. The film was originally eight reels long but was cut to five reels before its release. It was allegedly produced to capitalize on anti-Mormon sentiment prevalent at the time. Paramount planned to release the film on 11 Jan 1917, postponed the release to 1 Feb 1917 at the last minute, then took the film off its release charts in mid-January 1917. The film subsequently appeared in release charts as a Feb state rights release by Friedman Enterprises; Hiller & Wilk were the film's selling agents.
       A modern source claims that Paramount decided not to distribute the film due to pressure from the Mormon Church. Papers in the Cecil B. DeMille Collection at Brigham Young University indicate that Lasky did not feel that the film was up to company standards and the company wanted to release it as a state rights film. Existing prints of the film have retained the Lasky name, however.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
24 Feb 1917
p. 837
Motog
3 Mar 1917
p. 483
MPN
3 Mar 1917
p. 1419
MPW
1 Sep 1917
p. 18
NYDM
24 Feb 1917
p. 26
Wid's
22 Feb 1917
p. 118
DETAILS
Release Date:
February 1917
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Friedman Enterprises, Inc.
12 February 1917
LP10177
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

John Hogue, his wife, and their daughter Dora are saved from the Indians by the Mormons and taken into their community. Dora falls in love with Tom Rigdon, a youthful convert, but is desired by Elder Darius Burr who conspires to force Hogue into the sect in order to obtain his daughter. Burr informs Dora that her father will be forced to marry a second wife unless she agrees to marry the elder. Dora, ignorant that the ceremony has already taken place, agrees to the sacrifice but tells the sect, untruthfully, that she is not a virgin, disqualifying herself as a bride by Mormon law. When Hogue's second wife is brought to the house, Dora's mother commits suicide and Hogue, Tom and Dora are taken prisoner by the Avenging Angels, a band of masked Mormon militiamen. Left in the desert to die by the Avenging Angels, Hogue makes his way back in time to save his daughter from Burr's advances, and Tom and the three escape from the ...

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John Hogue, his wife, and their daughter Dora are saved from the Indians by the Mormons and taken into their community. Dora falls in love with Tom Rigdon, a youthful convert, but is desired by Elder Darius Burr who conspires to force Hogue into the sect in order to obtain his daughter. Burr informs Dora that her father will be forced to marry a second wife unless she agrees to marry the elder. Dora, ignorant that the ceremony has already taken place, agrees to the sacrifice but tells the sect, untruthfully, that she is not a virgin, disqualifying herself as a bride by Mormon law. When Hogue's second wife is brought to the house, Dora's mother commits suicide and Hogue, Tom and Dora are taken prisoner by the Avenging Angels, a band of masked Mormon militiamen. Left in the desert to die by the Avenging Angels, Hogue makes his way back in time to save his daughter from Burr's advances, and Tom and the three escape from the community.

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Sub-genre:
Historical


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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