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The title of this film is also spelled Passers By in reviews, ads and release charts. Chamber's play, which had its New York premiere on 14 Sep 1911, was first adapted by Equitable Motion Pictures Corp. in 1916 (see above ... More Less

The title of this film is also spelled Passers By in reviews, ads and release charts. Chamber's play, which had its New York premiere on 14 Sep 1911, was first adapted by Equitable Motion Pictures Corp. in 1916 (see above listing). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
26 Jun 20
p. 388.
MPN
3 Jul 20
p. 313.
MPW
26 Jun 20
p. 1735.
New York Times
13 Mar 20
p. 1733, 1842
Variety
25 Jun 20
p. 33.
Wid's
20 Jun 20
p. 3.
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LITERARY
Based on the play Passers-By by C. Haddon Chambers (London, 29 Mar 1911).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Passers By
Release Date:
20 June 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Pathé Exchange, inc.
Copyright Date:
3 June 1920
Copyright Number:
LU15199
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Fearing an affair between her stepbrother, Peter Waverton, and Margaret Summers, a governess in her house, Lady Hurley orders the girl away, thereby furthering her plans for a match between Peter and Beatrice Dainton, Lady Hurley's niece. Forlorn, Margaret is about to commit suicide when she is rescued by a cabby known as Nighty. Her efforts to communicate with Peter are fruitless, however, as the letters are intercepted by Lady Hurley. Six years pass and Peter is now engaged to Beatrice. One stormy night he decides to open his house to a group of impoverished-looking people, one of whom is Margaret. She has worked for years as a seamstress to support herself and her son, whose father is Peter. Beatrice, witnessing the intense love that still burns between the two, breaks her engagement, allowing Peter to join his wife and ... +


Fearing an affair between her stepbrother, Peter Waverton, and Margaret Summers, a governess in her house, Lady Hurley orders the girl away, thereby furthering her plans for a match between Peter and Beatrice Dainton, Lady Hurley's niece. Forlorn, Margaret is about to commit suicide when she is rescued by a cabby known as Nighty. Her efforts to communicate with Peter are fruitless, however, as the letters are intercepted by Lady Hurley. Six years pass and Peter is now engaged to Beatrice. One stormy night he decides to open his house to a group of impoverished-looking people, one of whom is Margaret. She has worked for years as a seamstress to support herself and her son, whose father is Peter. Beatrice, witnessing the intense love that still burns between the two, breaks her engagement, allowing Peter to join his wife and child. +

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