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HISTORY

This was the first film of Charles Miller Productions, of which Frank G. Hall was vice president. The film was scheduled to be shown in New York beginning 15 Jun 1919. When Hallmark Pictures Corp. was formed later in 1919, this film was chosen to be the first release in its "Famous Directors" ... More Less

This was the first film of Charles Miller Productions, of which Frank G. Hall was vice president. The film was scheduled to be shown in New York beginning 15 Jun 1919. When Hallmark Pictures Corp. was formed later in 1919, this film was chosen to be the first release in its "Famous Directors" series. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
2 Nov 19
p. 13.
MPN
21 Jun 19
p. 4152.
MPW
20 Sep 19
p. 1816.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 June 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Charles Miller Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
26 August 1919
Copyright Number:
LP14133
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5-6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Elderly millionaire James Rance, whose only passion is chess, warns his grandson Tommy, who missed the previous evening's game because he played poker with his uncle Gilbert, that should he miss another game, Gilbert will gain the boy's inheritance. During another poker game the next night, Gilbert provokes a fight between Tommy and another player that results in the other player's supposed death. Meanwhile, Terrence Redmond, the guardian of an orphan he found while fighting in France, falls in love with Dawn Moyer. During Elsie Rance's party at the Hotel Plaza, Terrence gallantly offers to assist Elsie whenever she needs him. The next morning, when Tommy's absence is discovered, Elsie calls Terrence, who, after beating Gilbert's Japanese servant in jujitsu, locates Tommy and Dawn at Gilbert's country home. After Gilbert's attempt to poison Terrence is discovered when a cat dies after drinking Terrence's cream, Terrence fights Gilbert's henchmen with broadswords and wins because of his inherited penchant for violence. Tommy returns in time for the chess match, and Elsie becomes engaged to Terrence's friend Bruce, leaving Terrence free to romance ... +


Elderly millionaire James Rance, whose only passion is chess, warns his grandson Tommy, who missed the previous evening's game because he played poker with his uncle Gilbert, that should he miss another game, Gilbert will gain the boy's inheritance. During another poker game the next night, Gilbert provokes a fight between Tommy and another player that results in the other player's supposed death. Meanwhile, Terrence Redmond, the guardian of an orphan he found while fighting in France, falls in love with Dawn Moyer. During Elsie Rance's party at the Hotel Plaza, Terrence gallantly offers to assist Elsie whenever she needs him. The next morning, when Tommy's absence is discovered, Elsie calls Terrence, who, after beating Gilbert's Japanese servant in jujitsu, locates Tommy and Dawn at Gilbert's country home. After Gilbert's attempt to poison Terrence is discovered when a cat dies after drinking Terrence's cream, Terrence fights Gilbert's henchmen with broadswords and wins because of his inherited penchant for violence. Tommy returns in time for the chess match, and Elsie becomes engaged to Terrence's friend Bruce, leaving Terrence free to romance Dawn. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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