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Scenes for this film were shot at the docks and coastline of San Francisco. According to news items, the production required four months of shooting and sixty-one sets. Publicity items state that the film cost between $250,000 and $300,000 to complete. In the screen credits of the film, Vincent Serrano's character is called "a disciple," although in all of the reviews, he's referred to as "the Yogi." Norman Selby, a former professional boxer, was also known as "Kid McCoy."
       Another film adapted from the Max Marcin and Charles Guernon play was produced by the African-American company, Quality Amusement Co.,in 1920 (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20). That film starred Abbie Mitchell. Another adaptation was produced by the Swanson Producing Corp. in 1927 as The Love of Sunya, ). directed by Albert Parker and starring Gloria Swanson (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30). ...

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Scenes for this film were shot at the docks and coastline of San Francisco. According to news items, the production required four months of shooting and sixty-one sets. Publicity items state that the film cost between $250,000 and $300,000 to complete. In the screen credits of the film, Vincent Serrano's character is called "a disciple," although in all of the reviews, he's referred to as "the Yogi." Norman Selby, a former professional boxer, was also known as "Kid McCoy."
       Another film adapted from the Max Marcin and Charles Guernon play was produced by the African-American company, Quality Amusement Co.,in 1920 (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20). That film starred Abbie Mitchell. Another adaptation was produced by the Swanson Producing Corp. in 1927 as The Love of Sunya, ). directed by Albert Parker and starring Gloria Swanson (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30).

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
8 Nov 1919
p. 1941
ETR
15 Nov 1919
p. 2049
MPN
6 Dec 1919
p. 4115
MPN
22 Feb 1919
p. 1170
MPW
4 Oct 1919
insert between pp. 18-19
MPW
15 Nov 1919
p. 362
New York Times
1 Dec 1919
p. 9
Variety
7 Nov 1919
p. 98
Wid's
16 Nov 1919
p. 3
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 October 1919
Production Date:

Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Gina Ashling's father is in financial trouble, and Gina must decide whether to marry a wealthy man, become an opera singer, or marry the man she loves. An East Indian yogi allows her to look into the future and see what her fate will be if she chooses a path other than the one pointed out by love. Gazing into a crystal ball, the paths of duty, ambition, and wealth are all shown to lead to unhappiness. She sees herself in the crystal ball as a diligent schoolteacher, as a successful opera singer who has bought her fame at the price of her honor, and as a millionaire's wife whose reputation is sullied so that her husband may be granted a divorce. The visions of the three paths strengthen her decision to marry the man she ...

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Gina Ashling's father is in financial trouble, and Gina must decide whether to marry a wealthy man, become an opera singer, or marry the man she loves. An East Indian yogi allows her to look into the future and see what her fate will be if she chooses a path other than the one pointed out by love. Gazing into a crystal ball, the paths of duty, ambition, and wealth are all shown to lead to unhappiness. She sees herself in the crystal ball as a diligent schoolteacher, as a successful opera singer who has bought her fame at the price of her honor, and as a millionaire's wife whose reputation is sullied so that her husband may be granted a divorce. The visions of the three paths strengthen her decision to marry the man she loves.

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