The Family Skeleton (1918)

Drama | 11 March 1918

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Included in the copyright descriptions for this film is a printed booklet of the story "Let's Go" by Thomas H. Ince, which seems to be the basis for the film. Other sources credit Bert Glennon as the author of the story for the ... More Less

Included in the copyright descriptions for this film is a printed booklet of the story "Let's Go" by Thomas H. Ince, which seems to be the basis for the film. Other sources credit Bert Glennon as the author of the story for the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
16 Mar 18
p. 1229.
MPN
16 Mar 18
p. 1612.
MPW
16 Mar 18
p. 1558, 1563
NYDM
15 Jun 18
p. 1615.
NYDM
13 Apr 18
p. 528.
Variety
8 Mar 18
p. 42.
Wid's
21 Mar 18
pp. 1017-18.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
11 March 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Thomas H. Ince Corp.
Copyright Date:
16 February 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12078
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Billy Bates, heir to his father's millions, is so worried by his friends' beliefs that he will inherit his father's craving for alcohol that he is driven to drink. He and chorus girl Poppy Drayton fall in love, but when she is attacked in a saloon, Billy finds that he is too intoxicated to defend her. Poppy believes that Billy drinks only because he is bored and misguided, and conceives a plan to cure him. When Billy overhears "Spider" Doyle, a prizefighter, planning to abduct Poppy, he refrains from drinking in order to protect her and finally defeats Doyle in a fight. Spider, upset at being licked, gives Poppy's schemes away, which only makes Billy love her all the more. A new man, he proposes to ... +


Billy Bates, heir to his father's millions, is so worried by his friends' beliefs that he will inherit his father's craving for alcohol that he is driven to drink. He and chorus girl Poppy Drayton fall in love, but when she is attacked in a saloon, Billy finds that he is too intoxicated to defend her. Poppy believes that Billy drinks only because he is bored and misguided, and conceives a plan to cure him. When Billy overhears "Spider" Doyle, a prizefighter, planning to abduct Poppy, he refrains from drinking in order to protect her and finally defeats Doyle in a fight. Spider, upset at being licked, gives Poppy's schemes away, which only makes Billy love her all the more. A new man, he proposes to her. +

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