The Test of Honor (1919)

Drama | 6 April 1919

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HISTORY

The working title for this film was The Malefactor . Although John Barrymore previously had appeared in a number of light comedies, The Test of Honor was his first straight dramatic role on screen. ...

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The working title for this film was The Malefactor . Although John Barrymore previously had appeared in a number of light comedies, The Test of Honor was his first straight dramatic role on screen.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
19 Apr 19
p. 1531.
MPN
12 Apr 19
pp. 2309-11.
MPN
19 Apr 19
p. 2530.
MPW
27 Sep 19
p. 2025.
New York Times
7 Apr 19
p. 11.
Variety
11 Apr 19
p. 57.
Wid's
13 Apr 19
p. 27.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Malefactor
Release Date:
6 April 1919
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
27 March 1919
LP13545
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,684
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Wealthy Southerner Martin Wingrave falls for Ruth Curtis, who loathes her husband. After Curtis finds the secluded lovers embracing, Ruth blames Martin. Curtis fights him, but faints because of a weak heart, after which Dr. George Lumley, another of Ruth's admirers, gives her heart stimulant to administer. When she purposely refrains from giving it, Curtis dies, and Martin is sentenced to prison for manslaughter. He returns home after seven years embittered, and goes with his neighbor Juliet Hollis, whom he secretly supported, to New York, supposedly so that she can continue her music education. Martin visits Ruth, now the wife of Judge Ferris, and demands that she introduce him to society, or he will reveal her earlier love letters. After Juliet discovers that Ruth and Lumley, still Ruth's "admirer," plan to poison Martin, Martin entraps them into admitting their relationship within the Judge's hearing. The judge orders them out and cynically threatens to prosecute Lumley if he ever leaves Ruth. With his thirst for revenge quenched, Martin finds that he loves ...

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Wealthy Southerner Martin Wingrave falls for Ruth Curtis, who loathes her husband. After Curtis finds the secluded lovers embracing, Ruth blames Martin. Curtis fights him, but faints because of a weak heart, after which Dr. George Lumley, another of Ruth's admirers, gives her heart stimulant to administer. When she purposely refrains from giving it, Curtis dies, and Martin is sentenced to prison for manslaughter. He returns home after seven years embittered, and goes with his neighbor Juliet Hollis, whom he secretly supported, to New York, supposedly so that she can continue her music education. Martin visits Ruth, now the wife of Judge Ferris, and demands that she introduce him to society, or he will reveal her earlier love letters. After Juliet discovers that Ruth and Lumley, still Ruth's "admirer," plan to poison Martin, Martin entraps them into admitting their relationship within the Judge's hearing. The judge orders them out and cynically threatens to prosecute Lumley if he ever leaves Ruth. With his thirst for revenge quenched, Martin finds that he loves Juliet.

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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