Love, Honor and Obey (1920)

Drama | 6 September 1920

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HISTORY

This film marked Wilda Bennett's screen debut. Because of her inexperience, she became temporarily blind from the studio lights and production was delayed. The film was shot at Metro's New York studios. Scenarist Eugene Walter gave assistance during the production to the director. Some scenes were shot in Harmon and Hastings-on-Hudson, NY and were directed by George McGuire, Leander de Cordova's assistant. Other scenes were shot at Great Neck and other Long Island locations, and at Coney ... More Less

This film marked Wilda Bennett's screen debut. Because of her inexperience, she became temporarily blind from the studio lights and production was delayed. The film was shot at Metro's New York studios. Scenarist Eugene Walter gave assistance during the production to the director. Some scenes were shot in Harmon and Hastings-on-Hudson, NY and were directed by George McGuire, Leander de Cordova's assistant. Other scenes were shot at Great Neck and other Long Island locations, and at Coney Island. More Less

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ETR
18 Sep 20
p. 1717.
MPN
11 Sep 20
p. 2131.
MPN
18 Sep 20
p. 2254.
New York Morning Telegraph
28 Feb 20
p. 1522.
Wid's
5 Sep 20
p. 27.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Tyranny of Weakness by Charles Neville Buck (New York, 1917).
DETAILS
Release Date:
6 September 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
10 September 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15521
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,840
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Stuart Emmett, the young author of a book containing radical sexual theories, is injured when his automobile lunges out of control. He is found by Conscience Williams who takes him to her home, but when her father, a narrow-minded New Englander, reads selections from Stuart's book, he orders the young man out of his house. The couple, who have fallen in love, attempt to communicate through letters, but these are intercepted by Eben Tollman, a wealthy man with an interest in Conscience. When Conscience reads a newspaper story falsely accusing Stuart of scandal, she agrees to marry Tollman. On the eve of the marriage, Marion Holby, the woman linked to Stuart in the slander, comes to Conscience and clears him. The next morning, Conscience discovers her husband drunk and in his hands, the letters that he had intercepted. A scene ensues, and she telephones Stuart for help. During a fight between the two men, Tollman falls into a pool and drowns, freeing Conscience to pursue her true ... +


Stuart Emmett, the young author of a book containing radical sexual theories, is injured when his automobile lunges out of control. He is found by Conscience Williams who takes him to her home, but when her father, a narrow-minded New Englander, reads selections from Stuart's book, he orders the young man out of his house. The couple, who have fallen in love, attempt to communicate through letters, but these are intercepted by Eben Tollman, a wealthy man with an interest in Conscience. When Conscience reads a newspaper story falsely accusing Stuart of scandal, she agrees to marry Tollman. On the eve of the marriage, Marion Holby, the woman linked to Stuart in the slander, comes to Conscience and clears him. The next morning, Conscience discovers her husband drunk and in his hands, the letters that he had intercepted. A scene ensues, and she telephones Stuart for help. During a fight between the two men, Tollman falls into a pool and drowns, freeing Conscience to pursue her true love. +

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