The Life Line (1919)

Drama | 5 October 1919

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HISTORY

Sims' play was the basis for a 1914 three-reeler starring Marion Leonard and a 1915 British feature, both called The Romany Rye ... More Less

Sims' play was the basis for a 1914 three-reeler starring Marion Leonard and a 1915 British feature, both called The Romany Rye . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
ETR
11 Oct 19
p. 1653.
MPN
11 Oct 19
p. 2897.
MPW
20 Dec 19
p. 1013.
New York Morning Telegraph
25 Jan 20
p. 6.
New York Times
29 Sep 19
p. 16.
NYR
4 Oct 1919.
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Variety
3 Oct 19
p. 57.
Wid's
12 Oct 19
p. 18.
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LITERARY
Based on the play The Romany Rye by George R. Sims (New York, 18 Sep 1882).
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 October 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
26 September 1919
Copyright Number:
LP14224
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,394
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jack Hearne, known as the Romany Rye, prefers living with the gypsies rather than claiming the right to his part of his half brother Phillip Royston's country estate, Cragsnest. When he saves Ruth Heckett, the daughter of his friend Joe, a London birdshop owner and burglar, from a theater fire, however, he changes his mind and marries her. As Ruth and Jack board a steamer for America to find witnesses to his parents' wedding for proof of his inheritance, Joe's partner Bos gives Ruth a Bible that he stole from Cragsnest, as a present. Unknown to them, the Bible contains the wedding certificate of Jack's parents, which Royston has been trying to recover so that he could destroy it. After Jack is lured off the steamer by Laura, a gypsy infatuated with Royston, blackjacked, drugged, and thrown into the water, Bos rescues him. At Southampton, where the steamer is wrecked, they save Ruth, who has discovered the certificate, and others in a breeches buoy, while Royston and Laura ... +


Jack Hearne, known as the Romany Rye, prefers living with the gypsies rather than claiming the right to his part of his half brother Phillip Royston's country estate, Cragsnest. When he saves Ruth Heckett, the daughter of his friend Joe, a London birdshop owner and burglar, from a theater fire, however, he changes his mind and marries her. As Ruth and Jack board a steamer for America to find witnesses to his parents' wedding for proof of his inheritance, Joe's partner Bos gives Ruth a Bible that he stole from Cragsnest, as a present. Unknown to them, the Bible contains the wedding certificate of Jack's parents, which Royston has been trying to recover so that he could destroy it. After Jack is lured off the steamer by Laura, a gypsy infatuated with Royston, blackjacked, drugged, and thrown into the water, Bos rescues him. At Southampton, where the steamer is wrecked, they save Ruth, who has discovered the certificate, and others in a breeches buoy, while Royston and Laura drown. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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