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The 20 Jan 1917 Motography listed the release date as 8 Jan 1917. Reviews were lukewarm, with the 12 Jan 1917 Var describing the predictable storyline, and the 20 Jan 1917 Motion Picture News noting weak performances by Sally Crute and Robert Walker. Some critics also suggested that the plot, which involved a sordid love triangle, was best suited to adult audiences.
       The 9 Nov 1917 Exhibitors Herald and Motography stated that Wife by Proxy was the only Metro Pictures Corp. release from writer-director John H. Collins that did not feature his wife, Viola Dana.
       Sources differ concerning the scenarist of this film; some sources credit John H. Collins, while others credit June Mathis. ... More Less

The 20 Jan 1917 Motography listed the release date as 8 Jan 1917. Reviews were lukewarm, with the 12 Jan 1917 Var describing the predictable storyline, and the 20 Jan 1917 Motion Picture News noting weak performances by Sally Crute and Robert Walker. Some critics also suggested that the plot, which involved a sordid love triangle, was best suited to adult audiences.
       The 9 Nov 1917 Exhibitors Herald and Motography stated that Wife by Proxy was the only Metro Pictures Corp. release from writer-director John H. Collins that did not feature his wife, Viola Dana.
       Sources differ concerning the scenarist of this film; some sources credit John H. Collins, while others credit June Mathis.
More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald and Motography
9 Nov 1918
p. 18
Exhibitors Trade Review
27 Jan 1917
p. 565
Motion Picture News
30 Dec 1916
p. 4200
Motion Picture News
6 Jan 1917
p. 43
Motion Picture News
20 Jan 1917
p. 437
Motography
13 Jan 1917
p. 83
Motography
20 Jan 1917
p. 156
Moving Picture World
13 Jan 1917
p. 280
Moving Picture World
20 Jan 1917
p. 358
NYDM
13 Jan 1917
p. 28
Variety
12 Jan 1917
p. 25
Wid's Daily
18 Jan 1917
pp. 46-47
DETAILS
Release Date:
6 January 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
9 January 1917
Copyright Number:
LP9935
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Norton Burbeck's affection for adventuress Beatrice Gaden blinds him to the fact that Beatrice is in league with Norton's cousin Howard to deprive him of his inheritance. Under the terms of their uncle's will, the estate will revert to Howard if Norton does not marry within a certain period of time. Thinking that he is engaged to Beatrice, Norton believes he has fulfilled the terms of his legacy until Beatrice tearfully confesses that she is already married. The schemers are ultimately defeated, however, because Norton, on the advice of his lawyer, has protected his holdings by marrying Jerry McNairn, a young Irishwoman he had befriended when she was orphaned. As Jerry prepares to return to Ireland, Norton comes to the realization that he really loves her and declares his love for his wife by ... +


Norton Burbeck's affection for adventuress Beatrice Gaden blinds him to the fact that Beatrice is in league with Norton's cousin Howard to deprive him of his inheritance. Under the terms of their uncle's will, the estate will revert to Howard if Norton does not marry within a certain period of time. Thinking that he is engaged to Beatrice, Norton believes he has fulfilled the terms of his legacy until Beatrice tearfully confesses that she is already married. The schemers are ultimately defeated, however, because Norton, on the advice of his lawyer, has protected his holdings by marrying Jerry McNairn, a young Irishwoman he had befriended when she was orphaned. As Jerry prepares to return to Ireland, Norton comes to the realization that he really loves her and declares his love for his wife by proxy. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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