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The 28 Apr 1917 Motography announced that the upcoming release was scheduled for a New York City debut at the Strand Theatre, although no date was specified. The film opened to positive reviews in the 2 Jun 1917 Motography and the Aug 1917 Photoplay, both of which highlighted the performances of star Fannie Ward and character actor Tully Marshall, who appeared in blackface.
       The scenario was based on the original story, "The Conflict." Another original story, "Unconquered," by Beatrice C. de Mille and Leighton Osmun, was the source for the 1916 film entitled Unprotected (see entry), also produced by the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co.
       The scenario was adapted as an illustrated short story in the Jun 1917 Photo-Play Journal.
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The 28 Apr 1917 Motography announced that the upcoming release was scheduled for a New York City debut at the Strand Theatre, although no date was specified. The film opened to positive reviews in the 2 Jun 1917 Motography and the Aug 1917 Photoplay, both of which highlighted the performances of star Fannie Ward and character actor Tully Marshall, who appeared in blackface.
       The scenario was based on the original story, "The Conflict." Another original story, "Unconquered," by Beatrice C. de Mille and Leighton Osmun, was the source for the 1916 film entitled Unprotected (see entry), also produced by the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co.
       The scenario was adapted as an illustrated short story in the Jun 1917 Photo-Play Journal.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
2 Jun 1917
p. 1824
Motion Picture News
2 Jun 1917
p. 3459
Motion Picture News
7 Jul 1917
p. 120
Motography
28 Apr 1917
p. 874
Motography
2 Jun 1917
p. 1177, 1181
Moving Picture World
2 Jun 1917
p. 1457, 1500
New York Clipper
2 May 1917
p. 35
NYDM
25 May 1917
p. 29
Photoplay
Aug 1917
p. 86
Photo-Play Journal
Jun 1917
p. 17
Wid's Daily
24 May 1917
p. 323
DETAILS
Release Date:
31 May 1917
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co.
12 May 1917
LP10756
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Mrs. Jackson endures the cruelty of her husband, Henry, for the sake of her son, Little Billy. They are visited in their Florida home by Mrs. Lenning, an adventuress who has convinced Henry that his wife is monopolizing Billy’s affections. Although Henry intends to leave his wife for Mrs. Lenning, he will not consider a divorce without the custody of his son. While in Florida, Mrs. Jackson meets Richard Darcier, who sympathizes with her plight. Henry accuses his wife of being unfaithful, then sues for divorce and wins custody of Billy. Meanwhile, Jake, an African American voodoo worshipper in Richard's employ, has been warned by a priestess that he must provide their group with a sacrificial victim or die himself. Crazed by the threat, Jake chooses Billy. Mrs. Jackson finds the sacrificial cave and offers her life in exchange for that of her son's. At that moment, Mr. Jackson arrives with a rescue party, saves both their lives, and returns Billy to his mother after witnessing the strength of her mother love. Mrs. Jackson then marries Richard and the reconstituted family begins life ...

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Mrs. Jackson endures the cruelty of her husband, Henry, for the sake of her son, Little Billy. They are visited in their Florida home by Mrs. Lenning, an adventuress who has convinced Henry that his wife is monopolizing Billy’s affections. Although Henry intends to leave his wife for Mrs. Lenning, he will not consider a divorce without the custody of his son. While in Florida, Mrs. Jackson meets Richard Darcier, who sympathizes with her plight. Henry accuses his wife of being unfaithful, then sues for divorce and wins custody of Billy. Meanwhile, Jake, an African American voodoo worshipper in Richard's employ, has been warned by a priestess that he must provide their group with a sacrificial victim or die himself. Crazed by the threat, Jake chooses Billy. Mrs. Jackson finds the sacrificial cave and offers her life in exchange for that of her son's. At that moment, Mr. Jackson arrives with a rescue party, saves both their lives, and returns Billy to his mother after witnessing the strength of her mother love. Mrs. Jackson then marries Richard and the reconstituted family begins life anew.

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