The Shadows of a Great City (1915)

Drama | 5 April 1915

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HISTORY

This picture was filmed in and around New York City. Actor Thomas Jefferson was the son of famous actor Joseph Jefferson, one of the authors of the play on which this film is based. The copyright entry for this film lists Herbert Blaché and Aaron Hoffman as authors. As Blaché, at this time, was a producer and director for Popular Plays and Players, who often wrote the scenarios for his films, and Hoffman was a scenarist for the company, it is possible that Blaché directed the film and wrote the scenario with Hoffman. However, the copyright listing for author is often inaccurate and no other source has been located to verify Blaché's and Hoffman's participation in the film. ...

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This picture was filmed in and around New York City. Actor Thomas Jefferson was the son of famous actor Joseph Jefferson, one of the authors of the play on which this film is based. The copyright entry for this film lists Herbert Blaché and Aaron Hoffman as authors. As Blaché, at this time, was a producer and director for Popular Plays and Players, who often wrote the scenarios for his films, and Hoffman was a scenarist for the company, it is possible that Blaché directed the film and wrote the scenario with Hoffman. However, the copyright listing for author is often inaccurate and no other source has been located to verify Blaché's and Hoffman's participation in the film.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
1 May 1915
p. 723
MPN
9 Jan 1915
p. 51
MPN
27 Mar 1915
p. 39
MPN
6 Nov 1915
p. 1202
NYDM
7 Apr 1915
p. 22, 29
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT

NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
BRAND NAME
A Two-Star Picture
A Two-Star Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Shadows of a Great City by L. R. Shewell, Joseph Jefferson (New York, 17 Nov 1884).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHORS
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 April 1915
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Popular Plays and Players, Inc.
28 May 1915
LU5797
Metro Pictures Corp.
5 April 1915
LP6423
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

A merchant's son falls in love with the daughter of an inventor, but following the inventor's sudden death, the merchant makes a fortune by claiming as his own the inventor's newest unpatented device. The businessman offers his son a half interest in the business on the condition that the boy abandon his sweetheart, whereupon the young man angrily leaves home and becomes a dock laborer. One day, the boy pushes the foreman into the river during a quarrel and, soon afterwards, is arrested for murder and sentenced to Blackwells Island. Upon learning that the foreman still lives, the boy escapes and returns to his sweetheart, who presents the case to the governor. Pardoned, the boy settles down with his ...

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A merchant's son falls in love with the daughter of an inventor, but following the inventor's sudden death, the merchant makes a fortune by claiming as his own the inventor's newest unpatented device. The businessman offers his son a half interest in the business on the condition that the boy abandon his sweetheart, whereupon the young man angrily leaves home and becomes a dock laborer. One day, the boy pushes the foreman into the river during a quarrel and, soon afterwards, is arrested for murder and sentenced to Blackwells Island. Upon learning that the foreman still lives, the boy escapes and returns to his sweetheart, who presents the case to the governor. Pardoned, the boy settles down with his girl.

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

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