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Some scenes in this film were shot at Lake Placid, NY. George W. Terwilliger, who began directing the film, became ill during location shooting at Stamford, CT., and George Irving took over the direction. For information on other film versions of Goddard and Dickey's play, see above listing for the 1916 Essanay ... More Less

Some scenes in this film were shot at Lake Placid, NY. George W. Terwilliger, who began directing the film, became ill during location shooting at Stamford, CT., and George Irving took over the direction. For information on other film versions of Goddard and Dickey's play, see above listing for the 1916 Essanay version. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
1 Jan 21
p. 400.
MPN
1 Jan 21
p. 447.
MPW
1 Jan 21
pp. 98-99.
MPW
22 May 20
p. 4367.
Wid's
19 Dec 20
p. 5.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Metro Special
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art interiors
PRODUCTION MISC
Mgr of exteriors
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Misleading Lady by Charles Goddard, Paul Dickey (New York, 25 Nov 1913).
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 December 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
15 January 1921
Copyright Number:
LP16129
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jack Craigen, an engineer who has just finished a construction job in South Africa, returns to New York. There, at the home of his Uncle Cannell, he meets stage-struck society girl Helen Steele and her playwright fiancé Tracey. Scheming to win the lead in their new production, The Siren , Helen wagers Cannell and Tracey that she can vamp Jack--a notorious woman-hater--and have him propose to her in a week. She succeeds, but when Jack learns of the ruse, he resolves to teach her a lesson in primitive emotions. When she teases Jack about him kidnapping her as natives in Africa do to their prospective mates, he takes her away to his mountain lodge. There, comic escapades follow, including his chaining her ankle and the arrival of various characters--a lunatic who imagines himself to be Napoleon, two drunks, a reporter and Tracey. At the end, Jack's caveman tactics have won the heart of Helen, and she agrees to be his ... +


Jack Craigen, an engineer who has just finished a construction job in South Africa, returns to New York. There, at the home of his Uncle Cannell, he meets stage-struck society girl Helen Steele and her playwright fiancé Tracey. Scheming to win the lead in their new production, The Siren , Helen wagers Cannell and Tracey that she can vamp Jack--a notorious woman-hater--and have him propose to her in a week. She succeeds, but when Jack learns of the ruse, he resolves to teach her a lesson in primitive emotions. When she teases Jack about him kidnapping her as natives in Africa do to their prospective mates, he takes her away to his mountain lodge. There, comic escapades follow, including his chaining her ankle and the arrival of various characters--a lunatic who imagines himself to be Napoleon, two drunks, a reporter and Tracey. At the end, Jack's caveman tactics have won the heart of Helen, and she agrees to be his wife. +

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