The Strongest (1920)

Drama | February 1920

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HISTORY

The film opened in New York on 5 Feb 1920. According to news items, author Georges Clemenceau, who was the premier of France during World War I, was shipped a print of the film to view in Paris, as were several other prominent French ... More Less

The film opened in New York on 5 Feb 1920. According to news items, author Georges Clemenceau, who was the premier of France during World War I, was shipped a print of the film to view in Paris, as were several other prominent French politicians. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
14 Feb 20
p. 1105.
MPN
24 Jan 20
pp. 953-60, 1065
MPN
31 Jan 20
p. 1258.
MPN
17 Apr 20
p. 3480.
MPN
28 Feb 20
p. 2121.
MPW
10 Jan 20
p. 191, 240
MPW
14 Jan 20
p. 610.
New York Morning Telegraph
14 Feb 1920.
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Wid's
8 Feb 20
p. 11.
DETAILS
Release Date:
February 1920
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
15 February 1920
Copyright Number:
LP14787
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5-6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Harle, a successful French businessman, is so absorbed with his factory that he neglects his wife Claire. One day, Harle's old friend Henri, the Marquis de Puymaufray, comes to visit, and Claire falls in love with the cultured and sensitive man. Several months after his departure, Claire gives birth to a baby girl, Claudia, and dies shortly afterward from neglect and depression. Twenty years pass and Claudia has grown into a beautiful woman. Her father wishes her to wed a count, but she loves Maurice, a young American. During a labor dispute, Claudia is abducted by her father's disgruntled employees and held for ransom. The marquis, who has long watched over the girl, loses his life in a rescue attempt, but Maurice finally succeeds in liberating his sweetheart. After the marquis' death, it is revealed that Claudia actually was his daughter, and Harle, crushed, retires to his country estate, freeing the girl to voyage to America with the man she ... +


Harle, a successful French businessman, is so absorbed with his factory that he neglects his wife Claire. One day, Harle's old friend Henri, the Marquis de Puymaufray, comes to visit, and Claire falls in love with the cultured and sensitive man. Several months after his departure, Claire gives birth to a baby girl, Claudia, and dies shortly afterward from neglect and depression. Twenty years pass and Claudia has grown into a beautiful woman. Her father wishes her to wed a count, but she loves Maurice, a young American. During a labor dispute, Claudia is abducted by her father's disgruntled employees and held for ransom. The marquis, who has long watched over the girl, loses his life in a rescue attempt, but Maurice finally succeeds in liberating his sweetheart. After the marquis' death, it is revealed that Claudia actually was his daughter, and Harle, crushed, retires to his country estate, freeing the girl to voyage to America with the man she loves. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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