The Whip (1917)

Melodrama | April 1917

Director:

Maurice Tourneur

Production Designer:

Ben Carré

Production Company:

Paragon Films, Inc.
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HISTORY

Produced in 1916, this film was initially released in the spring of 1917 then withdrawn from the market because of the uncertainty due to the war. It was then re-released in fall 1917. According to publicity for the film, it included a train wreck filmed in Maryland which cost over $25,000 to shoot. The records of the Community Motion Picture Bureau list a six-reel 1918 film entitled The Whip as a Select production release. That listing may refer to the Select Pictures Corp., but release charts contain no evidence of a Select film entitled The Whip . It is likely that the CMPB listing is a reference to a shortened reissue of the 1917 picture.
       The play The Whip was a famous Drury Lane melodrama that also was produced on Broadway on 22 Nov 1912. The play also served as the basis for a 1913 novel of the same name by Richard Parker. First National Pictures produced another adaption in 1928, directed by Charles J. Brabin and starring Dorothy Mackaill and Ralph Forbes starred (See ... More Less

Produced in 1916, this film was initially released in the spring of 1917 then withdrawn from the market because of the uncertainty due to the war. It was then re-released in fall 1917. According to publicity for the film, it included a train wreck filmed in Maryland which cost over $25,000 to shoot. The records of the Community Motion Picture Bureau list a six-reel 1918 film entitled The Whip as a Select production release. That listing may refer to the Select Pictures Corp., but release charts contain no evidence of a Select film entitled The Whip . It is likely that the CMPB listing is a reference to a shortened reissue of the 1917 picture.
       The play The Whip was a famous Drury Lane melodrama that also was produced on Broadway on 22 Nov 1912. The play also served as the basis for a 1913 novel of the same name by Richard Parker. First National Pictures produced another adaption in 1928, directed by Charles J. Brabin and starring Dorothy Mackaill and Ralph Forbes starred (See Entry). More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
ETR
7 Apr 17
p. 1250.
Motog
28 Apr 17
p. 902.
MPN
14 Apr 17
p. 2359.
New York Times
26 Mar 1917
p. 11.
NYDM
14 Apr 17
p. 26.
Variety
30 Mar 17
p. 31.
Wid's
26 Apr 17
pp. 259-60.
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LITERARY
Based on the play The Whip by Cecil Raleigh and Henry Hamilton (London, 9 Sep 1909).
DETAILS
Release Date:
April 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Paragon Films, Inc.
Copyright Date:
14 June 1917
Copyright Number:
LU10945
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Bookmaker Joe Kelly is in league with Baron Sartoris and his mistress, Mrs. D'Aquila, both guests in the home of Judge Beverley. Kelly has designs on Beverley's daughter Diana, who is loved by Herbert Brancaster. Conceiving of a plan to ruin his rival, Kelly forges a check of Brancaster's and then uses the Baron to convince Judge Beverley that Brancaster is worthless. When Harry Anson, a jockey in the employ of the Beverleys, discovers that "The Whip," an uncontrollable but swift horse, has become docile and therefore will win the handicap event in the coming races at Saratoga, Brancaster learns Anson's secret and wagers twenty to one with Kelly on The Whip. Meanwhile Sartoris, who has compromised Harry's sister Myrtle, threatens to make her dishonor public unless Myrtle's brother throws the race. After Myrtle refuses to make the deal, Sartoris plans to wreck the car in which the horse is being shipped to the track. Brancaster learns of the scheme and races to the car just in time to release The Whip. Kelly and Sartoris' villainy is thus exposed, and Brancaster wins his bet as well as the Beverleys' ... +


Bookmaker Joe Kelly is in league with Baron Sartoris and his mistress, Mrs. D'Aquila, both guests in the home of Judge Beverley. Kelly has designs on Beverley's daughter Diana, who is loved by Herbert Brancaster. Conceiving of a plan to ruin his rival, Kelly forges a check of Brancaster's and then uses the Baron to convince Judge Beverley that Brancaster is worthless. When Harry Anson, a jockey in the employ of the Beverleys, discovers that "The Whip," an uncontrollable but swift horse, has become docile and therefore will win the handicap event in the coming races at Saratoga, Brancaster learns Anson's secret and wagers twenty to one with Kelly on The Whip. Meanwhile Sartoris, who has compromised Harry's sister Myrtle, threatens to make her dishonor public unless Myrtle's brother throws the race. After Myrtle refuses to make the deal, Sartoris plans to wreck the car in which the horse is being shipped to the track. Brancaster learns of the scheme and races to the car just in time to release The Whip. Kelly and Sartoris' villainy is thus exposed, and Brancaster wins his bet as well as the Beverleys' respect. +

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