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According to an interview with Clarence Brown, he was the assistant director and editor of this film and scenes in it were shot in Florida. According to modern sources, Ben Carré was art director on this film. Charles E. Whittaker, the scenarist, and Charles E. Whitaker, the assistant director, appear to be different ... More Less

According to an interview with Clarence Brown, he was the assistant director and editor of this film and scenes in it were shot in Florida. According to modern sources, Ben Carré was art director on this film. Charles E. Whittaker, the scenarist, and Charles E. Whitaker, the assistant director, appear to be different people. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
ETR
25 Aug 17
p. 939.
Motog
15 Sep 17
p. 580.
MPN
25 Aug 17
p. 1274.
MPW
13 Jan 17
p. 243.
NYDM
25 Aug 17
p. 21.
Variety
17 Aug 17
p. 29.
Wid's
23 Aug 17
p. 540.
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LITERARY
Based on the play The Law of the Land by George Broadhurst (New York, 30 Sep 1914).
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 August 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co.
Copyright Date:
3 August 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11210
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In order to save her mother from disgrace, Margaret marries Richard Harding even though she really loves Geoffrey Morton. Five years later, the Hardings have a little son, and Margaret's life has been made almost unbearable by her husband; she lives for nothing but her son. Morton, returning after an absence of two years, learns that Harding has made some false accusations against him and goes to his home to demand a retraction. While there, he witnesses an exhibition of Harding's cruelty as he whips his little son. After Morton leaves, Harding threatens to beat the boy again, and Margaret tells him that she will shoot him if he does. Harding defies Margaret's plea, and she carries out her threat. Together, Harding's secretary and Margaret place the revolver so that it will appear to be a suicide, but the police are not deceived. After a desperate defense by her lawyers, however, the death is ruled accidental and Margaret is free to begin life ... +


In order to save her mother from disgrace, Margaret marries Richard Harding even though she really loves Geoffrey Morton. Five years later, the Hardings have a little son, and Margaret's life has been made almost unbearable by her husband; she lives for nothing but her son. Morton, returning after an absence of two years, learns that Harding has made some false accusations against him and goes to his home to demand a retraction. While there, he witnesses an exhibition of Harding's cruelty as he whips his little son. After Morton leaves, Harding threatens to beat the boy again, and Margaret tells him that she will shoot him if he does. Harding defies Margaret's plea, and she carries out her threat. Together, Harding's secretary and Margaret place the revolver so that it will appear to be a suicide, but the police are not deceived. After a desperate defense by her lawyers, however, the death is ruled accidental and Margaret is free to begin life anew. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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