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The 25 Aug 1917 Motion Picture News reported that actress Louise Glaum and director Walter Edwards had recently completed Milestones of Success. This appears to be that film.
       Wid's lists Monte M. Katterjohn as author and John Lynch as scenarist, while other reviews say only that the story was written by Katterjohn and Lynch.
       The 22 Sep 1917 Exhibitors Herald, which spelled the film's title Idolaters, called it "a salacious, slimy story that has no place upon the screen. It teaches nothing, holds up wrong ideals and is simply a vehicle to display Louise Glaum's shapely limbs in clinging ... More Less

The 25 Aug 1917 Motion Picture News reported that actress Louise Glaum and director Walter Edwards had recently completed Milestones of Success. This appears to be that film.
       Wid's lists Monte M. Katterjohn as author and John Lynch as scenarist, while other reviews say only that the story was written by Katterjohn and Lynch.
       The 22 Sep 1917 Exhibitors Herald, which spelled the film's title Idolaters, called it "a salacious, slimy story that has no place upon the screen. It teaches nothing, holds up wrong ideals and is simply a vehicle to display Louise Glaum's shapely limbs in clinging gowns." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
22 Sep 1917
p. 29.
Motion Picture News
25 Aug 1917
p. 1310.
Motion Picture News
15 Sep 1917
p. 1811, 1860
Motog
15 Sep 1917
p. 582.
Moving Picture World
15 Sep 1917
p. 1705, 1748
Variety
7 Sep 1917
p. 32.
Wid's
13 Sep 1917
pp. 584-85.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Milestones of Success
Release Date:
9 September 1917
Production Date:
ended August 1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When playwright Curtis de Forest Ralston becomes enamored of actress Viola Strathmore, who is to appear in his play Vanity, Viola induces him to change certain parts and give her more lines. Curtis, who is not as talented as he believes himself to be, fails at his job but is saved by his wife Anita, a former actress, who has forsaken her career for marriage. Anita and her old manager, Bruce Winthrope, fashion the play to suit Viola, and Vanity becomes a huge success. The play's triumph enlarges Curtis's ego even further, and he deserts Anita for Viola. When the play's financial backer discovers the illicit relationship between the star and author, however, he withdraws his funds and the play closes. Still in love with Viola, Curtis attempts to continue their affair, but she kills him because she blames him for her downfall. Fearful of the police, Viola takes refuge in a tenement, and when they track her down, Viola's faithful Egyptian servant Borul slays his employer rather than let her perish at the hands of the ... +


When playwright Curtis de Forest Ralston becomes enamored of actress Viola Strathmore, who is to appear in his play Vanity, Viola induces him to change certain parts and give her more lines. Curtis, who is not as talented as he believes himself to be, fails at his job but is saved by his wife Anita, a former actress, who has forsaken her career for marriage. Anita and her old manager, Bruce Winthrope, fashion the play to suit Viola, and Vanity becomes a huge success. The play's triumph enlarges Curtis's ego even further, and he deserts Anita for Viola. When the play's financial backer discovers the illicit relationship between the star and author, however, he withdraws his funds and the play closes. Still in love with Viola, Curtis attempts to continue their affair, but she kills him because she blames him for her downfall. Fearful of the police, Viola takes refuge in a tenement, and when they track her down, Viola's faithful Egyptian servant Borul slays his employer rather than let her perish at the hands of the law. +

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