Stella Maris (1918)

Drama | 21 January 1918

Director:

Marshall Neilan

Writer:

Frances Marion

Production Designer:

Wilfred Buckland

Production Company:

Pickford Film Corp.
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HISTORY

Although the copyright entry gives a Jan 1918 copyright date and lists Artcraft Pictures as the claimant, a print of the film lists a 1917 copyright by The Pickford Film Corp., a company associated with Artcraft. Another adaptation of William J. Locke's novel was made under the same title by Universal in 1925, with Mary Philbin starring and Charles J. Brabin directing (see ... More Less

Although the copyright entry gives a Jan 1918 copyright date and lists Artcraft Pictures as the claimant, a print of the film lists a 1917 copyright by The Pickford Film Corp., a company associated with Artcraft. Another adaptation of William J. Locke's novel was made under the same title by Universal in 1925, with Mary Philbin starring and Charles J. Brabin directing (see entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
2 Feb 18
p. 755, 764
MPN
2 Feb 18
p. 733.
MPW
5 Jan 18
p. 109.
MPW
9 Feb 18
p. 864.
MPW
31 Aug 18
p. 1300.
NYDM
12 Jan 18
p. 11.
NYDM
26 Jan 18
p. 26.
NYDM
2 Feb 18
p. 22.
Photoplay
Apr 18
pp. 69-70.
Variety
25 Jan 18
p. 41.
Wid's
31 Jan 18
pp. 903-04.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Stella Maris by William J. Locke (New York, 1913).
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 January 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Artcraft Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 January 1918
Copyright Number:
LP11935
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Stella Maris, a little invalid, is brought up by a circle of adoring relatives and servants in the comfortable home of her uncle and aunt, the kindly Sir Oliver and Lady Blount. Blissfully unaware of the strife and hardship of the outside world, Stella looks forward to the day when she will be able to call on her favorite visitor, John Risca. Unknown to her, however, John is trapped in an unhappy marriage to Louise, an alcoholic. In another part of town lives Unity Blake, an orphan who has been treated cruelly all of her life. Louise offers to adopt Unity in the hope of securing a permanent maid, but one day, she beats the girl senseless in a drunken tirade. When Louise is imprisoned for her crime, John adopts Unity, who soon comes to adore him. Meanwhile, Stella's paralysis is cured by an operation, but with her first ventures into the world, she becomes aware of life's struggle and cruelty. Having learned of John's wife, who has just been released, Stella brokenheartedly refuses to see him. Realizing John's dilemma, Unity kills Louise and then herself, thereby repaying the only man who was ever kind to ... +


Stella Maris, a little invalid, is brought up by a circle of adoring relatives and servants in the comfortable home of her uncle and aunt, the kindly Sir Oliver and Lady Blount. Blissfully unaware of the strife and hardship of the outside world, Stella looks forward to the day when she will be able to call on her favorite visitor, John Risca. Unknown to her, however, John is trapped in an unhappy marriage to Louise, an alcoholic. In another part of town lives Unity Blake, an orphan who has been treated cruelly all of her life. Louise offers to adopt Unity in the hope of securing a permanent maid, but one day, she beats the girl senseless in a drunken tirade. When Louise is imprisoned for her crime, John adopts Unity, who soon comes to adore him. Meanwhile, Stella's paralysis is cured by an operation, but with her first ventures into the world, she becomes aware of life's struggle and cruelty. Having learned of John's wife, who has just been released, Stella brokenheartedly refuses to see him. Realizing John's dilemma, Unity kills Louise and then herself, thereby repaying the only man who was ever kind to her. +

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

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