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This film, which featured Douglas Fairbanks in his first starring screen role. As noted in the NYT review, The Martyrs of the Alamo was the first film in which he acted, but that film was released after The Lamb . w The picture as part of the first Triangle Film Corp. program and was re-issued on 2 Sep 1917. Copyright submissions state that The Lamb was based on The Man and the Test , a novel by Granville Warwick, D. W. Griffith's pseudonym. According to modern sources, however, Griffith wrote an original scenario for the film but was encouraged by Harry Aitken, head of the Triangle Film Corp., to allow his name to be used as the author of various non-existent novels that were cited as the literary sources for some Fine Arts productions. Griffith later denied any contribution on the film beyond the ... More Less

This film, which featured Douglas Fairbanks in his first starring screen role. As noted in the NYT review, The Martyrs of the Alamo was the first film in which he acted, but that film was released after The Lamb . w The picture as part of the first Triangle Film Corp. program and was re-issued on 2 Sep 1917. Copyright submissions state that The Lamb was based on The Man and the Test , a novel by Granville Warwick, D. W. Griffith's pseudonym. According to modern sources, however, Griffith wrote an original scenario for the film but was encouraged by Harry Aitken, head of the Triangle Film Corp., to allow his name to be used as the author of various non-existent novels that were cited as the literary sources for some Fine Arts productions. Griffith later denied any contribution on the film beyond the scenario. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
9 Oct 15
p. 715.
Motog
20 Nov 15
p. 1106.
MPN
11 Sep 15
p. 13.
MPN
18 Sep 15
p. 91.
MPN
25 Sep 15
p. 58.
MPN
9 Oct 15
p. 84.
MPN
30 Oct 15
p. 112.
MPW
9 Oct 15
p. 233, 340
MPW
13 Oct 17
p. 298.
Variety
1 Oct 15
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 November 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Triangle Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
1 November 1915
Copyright Number:
LP7887
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Gerald, the weakling son of a wealthy New York family, loses his fiancée Mary after he is shown up by Bill, an enormous Arizonian, during a beach bathing accident. Disgusted by Gerald's "yellow streak," Mary goes to visit friends in Arizona with Bill but is followed by a determined Gerald. On the train West, Gerald disembarks to buy trinkets and is captured by Yaqui Indians and taken to Mexico. Later, Mary is also kidnapped and ends up next to Gerald. While the less-than-heroic Bill runs back across the border to secure help for Mary, Gerald locates an abandoned Mexican rapid-fire cannon that the Yaquis won in a battle with the Mexicans. Gerald uses the cannon, which the Indians regarded as junk, to begin an assault on them. After a long and heated battle, the battered but victorious Indians close in on Gerald, intending to cut out his heart, but both he and Mary are saved by American troopers. Convinced of her companion's bravery and manliness, Mary reunites with ... +


Gerald, the weakling son of a wealthy New York family, loses his fiancée Mary after he is shown up by Bill, an enormous Arizonian, during a beach bathing accident. Disgusted by Gerald's "yellow streak," Mary goes to visit friends in Arizona with Bill but is followed by a determined Gerald. On the train West, Gerald disembarks to buy trinkets and is captured by Yaqui Indians and taken to Mexico. Later, Mary is also kidnapped and ends up next to Gerald. While the less-than-heroic Bill runs back across the border to secure help for Mary, Gerald locates an abandoned Mexican rapid-fire cannon that the Yaquis won in a battle with the Mexicans. Gerald uses the cannon, which the Indians regarded as junk, to begin an assault on them. After a long and heated battle, the battered but victorious Indians close in on Gerald, intending to cut out his heart, but both he and Mary are saved by American troopers. Convinced of her companion's bravery and manliness, Mary reunites with Gerald. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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