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The copyright catalog lists the film as The Perfect Love , but this is probably an error. One review spells the name of the actor playing Prof. Hawthorn as Carl, rather than Tom, McRayne. ...

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The copyright catalog lists the film as The Perfect Love , but this is probably an error. One review spells the name of the actor playing Prof. Hawthorn as Carl, rather than Tom, McRayne.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
20 Sep 19
p. 1383.
MPW
20 Sep 19
pp. 1866-67.
Variety
12 Sep 19
p. 52.
Wid's
23 Feb 19
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "The Naked Truth" by Leila Burton Wells in Harper's Monthly Magazine (Apr 1916).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 September 1919
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Selznick Pictures Corp.
25 August 1919
LP14430
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,851
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Brian Lazar returns to his shabby dwelling after pawning a valuable ring. A woman, accompanied by a detective, accuses him of being a thief, but, before his arrest, Brian pleads for the opportunity to tell his story. Brian is a struggling artist when he meets Mrs. Byfield, who feigns interest in his work in order to become romantically involved with him. After painting her portrait, Brian becomes a favorite among society women because he is the perfect lover. He goes to live among the women whose husbands are too busy to give them love. Brian's downfall begins after he and Mrs. Byfield are discovered in a compromising position. He becomes aware of the futility of the life he is leading and returns to the town in which he grew up. There he falls in love with Eileen Hawthorn, the daughter of his former teacher. He and his new wife return to the city, where they live in poverty. One of the women he formerly knew gives him a valuable ring to pawn, and it is she who accuses him of the theft. After Brian tells his story, the detective remains unconvinced of his innocence. Brian then shows them his wife and newborn baby. The woman repents and leaves the couple to their ...

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Brian Lazar returns to his shabby dwelling after pawning a valuable ring. A woman, accompanied by a detective, accuses him of being a thief, but, before his arrest, Brian pleads for the opportunity to tell his story. Brian is a struggling artist when he meets Mrs. Byfield, who feigns interest in his work in order to become romantically involved with him. After painting her portrait, Brian becomes a favorite among society women because he is the perfect lover. He goes to live among the women whose husbands are too busy to give them love. Brian's downfall begins after he and Mrs. Byfield are discovered in a compromising position. He becomes aware of the futility of the life he is leading and returns to the town in which he grew up. There he falls in love with Eileen Hawthorn, the daughter of his former teacher. He and his new wife return to the city, where they live in poverty. One of the women he formerly knew gives him a valuable ring to pawn, and it is she who accuses him of the theft. After Brian tells his story, the detective remains unconvinced of his innocence. Brian then shows them his wife and newborn baby. The woman repents and leaves the couple to their happiness.

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

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