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The 25 Aug 1917 Motion Picture News announced that actor Herbert Rawlinson was working on The Drag-Net, a "crook melo-drama," which eventually became The Man Trap. The 15 Sep 1917 Motion Picture News reported that The Dragnet (no hyphen) had been completed.
       Sources conflict concerning the actress playing the role of "Bess Miller." The synopsis included in the copyright descriptions lists Madeline MacDonald and Mary MacDonald, while Motion Picture News and Wid's list Sally Starr. The 15 Sep 1917 Exhibitors Herald and 6 Oct 1917 Motion Picture News ran items that Bluebird Photoplays, Inc. owned the name "Mary MacLaren," the stage name of actress Mary MacDonald whom director Lois Weber had discovered for Shoes (1916, see entry), but MacDonald used the Mary MacLaren name for thirty years afterward, until her retirement in the late 1940s. The 15 Sep 1917 Exhibitors Herald claimed "Mary MacDonald will be the leading lady of director Elmer Clifton's company" in The Man Trap. ... More Less

The 25 Aug 1917 Motion Picture News announced that actor Herbert Rawlinson was working on The Drag-Net, a "crook melo-drama," which eventually became The Man Trap. The 15 Sep 1917 Motion Picture News reported that The Dragnet (no hyphen) had been completed.
       Sources conflict concerning the actress playing the role of "Bess Miller." The synopsis included in the copyright descriptions lists Madeline MacDonald and Mary MacDonald, while Motion Picture News and Wid's list Sally Starr. The 15 Sep 1917 Exhibitors Herald and 6 Oct 1917 Motion Picture News ran items that Bluebird Photoplays, Inc. owned the name "Mary MacLaren," the stage name of actress Mary MacDonald whom director Lois Weber had discovered for Shoes (1916, see entry), but MacDonald used the Mary MacLaren name for thirty years afterward, until her retirement in the late 1940s. The 15 Sep 1917 Exhibitors Herald claimed "Mary MacDonald will be the leading lady of director Elmer Clifton's company" in The Man Trap. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
15 Sep 1917
p. 34.
Motion Picture News
25 Aug 1917
p. 1310.
Motion Picture News
15 Sep 1917
p. 1851.
Motion Picture News
29 Sep 1917
p. 2202.
Motion Picture News
6 Oct 1917.
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Motion Picture News
10 Nov 1917
p. 3266, 3306
Motog
3 Nov 1917
p. 943.
Moving Picture World
10 Nov 1917
p. 877.
Moving Picture World
29 Nov 1917
p. 771.
NYDM
3 Nov 1917
p. 18.
Variety
2 Nov 1917
p. 51.
Wid's
1 Nov 1917
p. 707.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Dragnet
The Drag-net
Release Date:
29 October 1917
Production Date:
August--September 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Bluebird Photplays, Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 October 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11497
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Framed by police inspector Finch and his managing editor, R. H. Steadman, to cover up their own crooked work, reporter John Mull languishes in prison until he escapes, determined to wreak vengeance. In Mull's absence, his sweetheart, Bess Miller, has been dating Burton Grange with whom she plans to elope. When Grange has an altercation with Steadman, in the scuffle, Steadman is knocked unconscious. Grange flees and is arrested for Steadman's murder but escapes and encounters Mull, now a fugitive from justice. After persuading Grange to give himself up, Mull pays a visit to Finch and forces him to confess to Steadman's murder. With Finch's testimony, Mull is also vindicated of charges and is free to marry ... +


Framed by police inspector Finch and his managing editor, R. H. Steadman, to cover up their own crooked work, reporter John Mull languishes in prison until he escapes, determined to wreak vengeance. In Mull's absence, his sweetheart, Bess Miller, has been dating Burton Grange with whom she plans to elope. When Grange has an altercation with Steadman, in the scuffle, Steadman is knocked unconscious. Grange flees and is arrested for Steadman's murder but escapes and encounters Mull, now a fugitive from justice. After persuading Grange to give himself up, Mull pays a visit to Finch and forces him to confess to Steadman's murder. With Finch's testimony, Mull is also vindicated of charges and is free to marry Bess. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Crime


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