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The novel first appeared in the Feb 1914 issue of Munsey's Magazine . There was an invitation-only screening for this film on 11 Aug 1919. The first public showing was in New York on 26 Aug 1919. Norman Z. McLeod directed a 1932 remake of this story for Paramount, which starred Sylvia Sidney and Chester ... More Less

The novel first appeared in the Feb 1914 issue of Munsey's Magazine . There was an invitation-only screening for this film on 11 Aug 1919. The first public showing was in New York on 26 Aug 1919. Norman Z. McLeod directed a 1932 remake of this story for Paramount, which starred Sylvia Sidney and Chester Morris. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
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DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
26 Jul 19
p. 621.
Exhibitors Trade Review
6 Sep 19
p. 1171.
MPN
6 Sep 19
p. 2057.
MPW
20 Aug 19
p. 12.
New York Morning Telegraph
31 Aug 1919.
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New York Times
27 Aug 19
p. 9.
Photoplay
1 Oct 19
pp. 76-78.
Variety
29 Aug 19
p. 66.
Wid's
31 Aug 19
p. 3.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Miracle Man by Frank L. Packard (New York, 1914) and the play of the same title by George M. Cohan (New York, 21 Sep 1914).
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 September 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Mayflower Photoplay Corp.
Copyright Date:
9 August 1919
Copyright Number:
LP14072
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

A gang consisting of the Frog, who can dislocate his limbs, the Dope, a drug addict, Rose, who poses as the Dope's brutalized mistress, and Burke, the leader, prey on the sympathies and contributions of Chinatown sightseers, until Tom, reading about a deaf, dumb and nearly blind supposed faith healer called the Patriarch, living upstate, plans to take greater advantage of the public's gullibility. Rose poses as the patriarch's long-lost niece and the Frog fakes a cure, when a real crippled boy, inspired by seeing the Frog's contorted limbs healed, walks for the first time. When news spreads and other cures occur, the gang collects much money, but gradually each member, influenced by the Patriarch and the country atmosphere, changes for the better. The Frog becomes an adopted son to a widow, while the Dope falls in love. When Rose almost falls for a millionaire, Tom overcomes his murderous jealousy and, renouncing his past, declares his love. After the Patriarch dies, Tom and Rose ... +


A gang consisting of the Frog, who can dislocate his limbs, the Dope, a drug addict, Rose, who poses as the Dope's brutalized mistress, and Burke, the leader, prey on the sympathies and contributions of Chinatown sightseers, until Tom, reading about a deaf, dumb and nearly blind supposed faith healer called the Patriarch, living upstate, plans to take greater advantage of the public's gullibility. Rose poses as the patriarch's long-lost niece and the Frog fakes a cure, when a real crippled boy, inspired by seeing the Frog's contorted limbs healed, walks for the first time. When news spreads and other cures occur, the gang collects much money, but gradually each member, influenced by the Patriarch and the country atmosphere, changes for the better. The Frog becomes an adopted son to a widow, while the Dope falls in love. When Rose almost falls for a millionaire, Tom overcomes his murderous jealousy and, renouncing his past, declares his love. After the Patriarch dies, Tom and Rose marry. +

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