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Modern sources list Cedric Gibbons as art director. Actor John Hohenvest also assisted director Frank Lloyd as advisor on the French sets. For information concerning other films based on the same source, see the 1916 version ... More Less

Modern sources list Cedric Gibbons as art director. Actor John Hohenvest also assisted director Frank Lloyd as advisor on the French sets. For information concerning other films based on the same source, see the 1916 version above. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
31 Jul 20
p. 949.
MPN
11 Sep 20
p. 2127.
MPW
25 Sep 20
p. 529.
NYDM
20 Nov 20
p. 3910.
Wid's
3 Oct 20
p. 3.
DETAILS
Release Date:
September 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
17 July 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15370
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,475
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jacqueline Floriot is driven from her home by her husband Louis, a deputy attorney of Paris, because of his unjust suspicions regarding her relations with another man. Floriot forbids Jacqueline to see her baby boy, who is dangerously ill, and when informed that the boy believes her dead, she attempts suicide. She is saved but becomes a woman of the streets, and twenty years later, when Jacqueline returns to France from Buenos Aires, she is destroyed by drugs and drink. Jacqueline's love for her son is all that remains of her early life, and when Laroque, a blackmailer, learns who she is, he determines to use the information against Floriot and his son Raymond, now a promising young attorney. Rather than allow her son to suffer, Jacqueline kills Laroque, is sent to prison and registers as Madame X. The case is assigned to Raymond, who finds himself strangely attracted to this woman, unaware that she is his mother. When she collapses after her acquittal, Floriot, recognizing Jacqueline, informs his son of her identity. Raymond calls her "Mother," but the shock of the trial has been too much for her and she dies after forgiving her ... +


Jacqueline Floriot is driven from her home by her husband Louis, a deputy attorney of Paris, because of his unjust suspicions regarding her relations with another man. Floriot forbids Jacqueline to see her baby boy, who is dangerously ill, and when informed that the boy believes her dead, she attempts suicide. She is saved but becomes a woman of the streets, and twenty years later, when Jacqueline returns to France from Buenos Aires, she is destroyed by drugs and drink. Jacqueline's love for her son is all that remains of her early life, and when Laroque, a blackmailer, learns who she is, he determines to use the information against Floriot and his son Raymond, now a promising young attorney. Rather than allow her son to suffer, Jacqueline kills Laroque, is sent to prison and registers as Madame X. The case is assigned to Raymond, who finds himself strangely attracted to this woman, unaware that she is his mother. When she collapses after her acquittal, Floriot, recognizing Jacqueline, informs his son of her identity. Raymond calls her "Mother," but the shock of the trial has been too much for her and she dies after forgiving her husband. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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