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The 11 Dec 1915 Motion Picture News noted that production was underway in San Francisco, CA, for the provisionally-titled Love Thine Enemy, starring Louise Carbasse and Lon Chaney. The 21 Oct 1916 Motion Picture News included Marjorie Ellison in the cast.
       An article in the 4 Mar 1916 Moving Picture World stated that production company Bluebird Photoplays, Inc., had asked Louise Carbasse to “adopt the name of Louise Lovely” following her first screen appearance. The actress was said to possess a rare beauty that was especially suited to motion pictures.
       Although the 11 Dec 1915 Moving Picture World reported that the cast and crew had left San Francisco, the 18 Dec 1915 and 25 Dec 1915 issues announced their return to the city to film exterior scenes. Principal photography would then resume at Universal City Studios near Los Angeles, CA. Production was completed by 8 Jan 1916, as stated in that day’s Moving Picture World. The film was listed in the 26 Feb 1916 Motography by its official title, The Grip of Jealousy, with a scheduled release date of 28 Feb 1916. Although several critics took issue with the storyline, the film received positive reviews for acting, directing, and cinematography.
       Although this was a Bluebird Production, Motography referred to the actors as the "Rex ... More Less

The 11 Dec 1915 Motion Picture News noted that production was underway in San Francisco, CA, for the provisionally-titled Love Thine Enemy, starring Louise Carbasse and Lon Chaney. The 21 Oct 1916 Motion Picture News included Marjorie Ellison in the cast.
       An article in the 4 Mar 1916 Moving Picture World stated that production company Bluebird Photoplays, Inc., had asked Louise Carbasse to “adopt the name of Louise Lovely” following her first screen appearance. The actress was said to possess a rare beauty that was especially suited to motion pictures.
       Although the 11 Dec 1915 Moving Picture World reported that the cast and crew had left San Francisco, the 18 Dec 1915 and 25 Dec 1915 issues announced their return to the city to film exterior scenes. Principal photography would then resume at Universal City Studios near Los Angeles, CA. Production was completed by 8 Jan 1916, as stated in that day’s Moving Picture World. The film was listed in the 26 Feb 1916 Motography by its official title, The Grip of Jealousy, with a scheduled release date of 28 Feb 1916. Although several critics took issue with the storyline, the film received positive reviews for acting, directing, and cinematography.
       Although this was a Bluebird Production, Motography referred to the actors as the "Rex Players." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
11 Dec 1915
p. 78
Motion Picture News
12 Feb 1916
p. 886
Motion Picture News
26 Feb 1916
p. 1172
Motion Picture News
21 Oct 1916
p. 73
Motography
25 Dec 1915
p. 1356
Motography
8 Jan 1916
p. 102
Motography
26 Feb 1916
p. 493
Motography
4 Mar 1916
p. 551
Motography
25 Mar 1916
p. 722
Moving Picture World
11 Dec 1915
p. 1997
Moving Picture World
18 Dec 1915
p. 2163
Moving Picture World
25 Dec 1915
p. 2397
Moving Picture World
8 Jan 1916
p. 269
Moving Picture World
26 Feb 1916
p. 1372
Moving Picture World
4 Mar 1916
p. 1413, 1476, 1487
Variety
18 Feb 1916
p. 22
Wid's Daily
9 Mar 1916
p. 427
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Love Thine Enemy
Release Date:
28 February 1916
Production Date:
Dec 1915--early Jan 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Film Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
31 January 1916
Copyright Number:
LP7535
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the deep South, before the Civil War, Lynda, a white girl, has been raised as a slave because she is believed to be the daughter of a black woman and Silas Lacey, the plantation owner who raped her. Only Virginia Grant knows that her sister Beth, who died in childbirth, is really the mother, and that the father is Jack Corey, who ran off with Beth and never returned. Virginia incorrectly believes, however, that Beth and Jack did not get married, and so she conceals Lynda's true identity in order to protect her sister's good name. Then, even though she loves Hugh Corey, Jack's brother, Virginia agrees to marry Harvey, Silas' loathsome son, as part of a deal in which Silas will free Lynda. Just before the wedding, however, Jack finally returns and discloses the true story of Lynda's birth, thereby freeing her from slavery and alleviating Virginia's fears about Lynda's legitimacy. As a result, Virginia walks out on Harvey and marries Hugh ... +


In the deep South, before the Civil War, Lynda, a white girl, has been raised as a slave because she is believed to be the daughter of a black woman and Silas Lacey, the plantation owner who raped her. Only Virginia Grant knows that her sister Beth, who died in childbirth, is really the mother, and that the father is Jack Corey, who ran off with Beth and never returned. Virginia incorrectly believes, however, that Beth and Jack did not get married, and so she conceals Lynda's true identity in order to protect her sister's good name. Then, even though she loves Hugh Corey, Jack's brother, Virginia agrees to marry Harvey, Silas' loathsome son, as part of a deal in which Silas will free Lynda. Just before the wedding, however, Jack finally returns and discloses the true story of Lynda's birth, thereby freeing her from slavery and alleviating Virginia's fears about Lynda's legitimacy. As a result, Virginia walks out on Harvey and marries Hugh instead. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Historical


Subject

Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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