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The reviewers disagree on certain aspects of the plot. The film's working title was The Message of the Lilies. ...

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The reviewers disagree on certain aspects of the plot. The film's working title was The Message of the Lilies.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
24 Aug 1918
p. 961
ETR
21 Sep 1918
p. 1339
MPN
31 Aug 1918
pp. 1316-17
MPN
4 Jan 1919
p. 116
MPW
21 Sep 1918
p. 1778, 1780
MPW
28 Sep 1918
p. 1918
Variety
4 Oct 1918
p. 51
Wid's
15 Sep 1918
pp. 11-12
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Message of Lilies
Release Date:
29 September 1918
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
William Fox
28 September 1918
LP12926
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Michael West, a divinity student, returns home to visit his ailing father Mortimer and falls in love with the old man's youthful nurse, Lillian Marchand. One evening, Lillian, inspired by the strains of distant music, dances gleefully in the garden, and Mortimer, secretly watching her, is seized with passion. Although Lillian struggles against him, Mortimer embraces her and then collapses, causing Michael to blame her for his father's death. Hurt and disillusioned, Lillian enters into a dissolute life as the dancer Poppea, and Michael's cousin, Reggie West, soon becomes the most ardent of her suitors. Visiting her to plead the boy's cause, Michael embraces Lillian, but Reggie sees them and commits suicide. Michael again rejects Lillian, whereupon she hosts a party at which she offers herself to the highest bidder. She is saved by Michael's offer of a bunch of lilies, and with all mistrust dispelled, they begin ...

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Michael West, a divinity student, returns home to visit his ailing father Mortimer and falls in love with the old man's youthful nurse, Lillian Marchand. One evening, Lillian, inspired by the strains of distant music, dances gleefully in the garden, and Mortimer, secretly watching her, is seized with passion. Although Lillian struggles against him, Mortimer embraces her and then collapses, causing Michael to blame her for his father's death. Hurt and disillusioned, Lillian enters into a dissolute life as the dancer Poppea, and Michael's cousin, Reggie West, soon becomes the most ardent of her suitors. Visiting her to plead the boy's cause, Michael embraces Lillian, but Reggie sees them and commits suicide. Michael again rejects Lillian, whereupon she hosts a party at which she offers herself to the highest bidder. She is saved by Michael's offer of a bunch of lilies, and with all mistrust dispelled, they begin anew.

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