Heart and Soul (1917)

Drama | 21 May 1917

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HISTORY

The original title of this film was Jess. The continuity included in the copyright descriptions was entitled "The Greater Love." ...

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The original title of this film was Jess. The continuity included in the copyright descriptions was entitled "The Greater Love."

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
9 Jun 1917
p. 55
Motog
2 Jun 1917
p. 1175
MPW
26 May 1917
p. 1342
MPW
24 Feb 1917
p. 1208
Variety
25 May 1917
p. 22
Wid's
14 Jun 1917
p. 376
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Philip E. Rosen
Cam
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Jess by Sir Henry Rider Haggard (London, 1887).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Jess
Release Date:
21 May 1917
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
William Fox
20 May 1917
LP10790
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Since the death of her mother, Jess has always had the care of her younger sister Bess as her primary consideration. Years later, the two sisters are living with their uncle on his plantation in Puerto Rico when they meet John Neil, who immediately falls in love with Jess. Upon realizing that Bess is in love with the same man, Jess sacrifices her own happiness for that of her sister. Soon after, Drummond, a corrupt planter, starts a revolution against the United States government, and in the ensuing war the plantation and all its inhabitants are captured. Jess escapes and rides to the American garrison for aid, but during the fight she is mortally wounded. Her dying words are a blessing upon Neil and her sister ...

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Since the death of her mother, Jess has always had the care of her younger sister Bess as her primary consideration. Years later, the two sisters are living with their uncle on his plantation in Puerto Rico when they meet John Neil, who immediately falls in love with Jess. Upon realizing that Bess is in love with the same man, Jess sacrifices her own happiness for that of her sister. Soon after, Drummond, a corrupt planter, starts a revolution against the United States government, and in the ensuing war the plantation and all its inhabitants are captured. Jess escapes and rides to the American garrison for aid, but during the fight she is mortally wounded. Her dying words are a blessing upon Neil and her sister Bess.

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Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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