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The working title of the film was The Moonshiners . According to several news items, the bridge from which the actors jumped was the Williamsburg Bridge in New York City. Although most ads and reviews for the film list Constance Bennett as Rodman Law's co-star, Claire Whitney actually enacted the role of "Clara" in most scenes, with Bennett, who was Law's stunt partner, only appearing in the stunts. This Constance Bennett is not the same as the popular actress of the 1920s through the 1940s. According to various news items, Bennett was the first woman to do a "Brodie" from the Williamsburg Bridge. She and Law also jumped from the Ausable Chasm in the Adirondacks for the ... More Less

The working title of the film was The Moonshiners . According to several news items, the bridge from which the actors jumped was the Williamsburg Bridge in New York City. Although most ads and reviews for the film list Constance Bennett as Rodman Law's co-star, Claire Whitney actually enacted the role of "Clara" in most scenes, with Bennett, who was Law's stunt partner, only appearing in the stunts. This Constance Bennett is not the same as the popular actress of the 1920s through the 1940s. According to various news items, Bennett was the first woman to do a "Brodie" from the Williamsburg Bridge. She and Law also jumped from the Ausable Chasm in the Adirondacks for the picture. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
9 May 1914
p. 45.
Moving Picture World
21 Feb 1914
p. 966.
Moving Picture World
11 Apr 1914
p. 270.
Moving Picture World
18 Apr 1914
p. 379.
Moving Picture World
10 Oct 1914
p. 206.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
STAND INS
Stunt double for Claire Whitney
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Moonshiners
Release Date:
10 April 1914
Copyright Claimant:
Blaché Features, Inc.
Copyright Date:
11 April 1914
Copyright Number:
LP2580
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Moonshiner Harry Barford, who lusts after schoolmistress Clara, offers her fiancé, postmaster Jim Mason, $500 to tend one of his stills. Clara convinces Jim to accept the badly needed money, not realizing that the offer is a ploy to have Jim arrested. Billy, the kindly village idiot, warns Clara, however, and she arrives in time to save Jim. The two hide in an Indian village where they are married, and then Jim goes to New York for several months during which time Clara gives birth to a child. On the day that Jim returns, he witnesses Harry trying to force his attentions on Clara and misinterprets the facts. Thinking that Clara is unfaithful, a despondent Jim returns to New York and accepts a movie company's offer to jump from the Brooklyn Bridge for $10,000. As Jim prepares for the leap he learns that Clara, who secretly followed him to New York, will jump before him. When she dives into the river, Jim jumps in and rescues her after which the reconciled and financially solvent couple return home. In the end, Jim is exonerated of any crime, and Harry is exposed by Billy, whose intelligence has been ... +


Moonshiner Harry Barford, who lusts after schoolmistress Clara, offers her fiancé, postmaster Jim Mason, $500 to tend one of his stills. Clara convinces Jim to accept the badly needed money, not realizing that the offer is a ploy to have Jim arrested. Billy, the kindly village idiot, warns Clara, however, and she arrives in time to save Jim. The two hide in an Indian village where they are married, and then Jim goes to New York for several months during which time Clara gives birth to a child. On the day that Jim returns, he witnesses Harry trying to force his attentions on Clara and misinterprets the facts. Thinking that Clara is unfaithful, a despondent Jim returns to New York and accepts a movie company's offer to jump from the Brooklyn Bridge for $10,000. As Jim prepares for the leap he learns that Clara, who secretly followed him to New York, will jump before him. When she dives into the river, Jim jumps in and rescues her after which the reconciled and financially solvent couple return home. In the end, Jim is exonerated of any crime, and Harry is exposed by Billy, whose intelligence has been restored. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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