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The 25 Aug 1917 Motion Picture News reported that director Walter Edwards, having recently completed a film with Louise Glaum, was ready to star her again in Gonda, the working title of Ashes of Hope. However, according to the 1 Sep 1917 Motion Picture News, Glaum was "taken sick" shortly after filming began, and Belle Bennet took her role.
       Some sources refer to the character played by Jack Livingston as "Miles Norton." At the time of this film's release, Thomas H. Ince, who was credited with the film's authorship, was no longer connected with Triangle Film ... More Less

The 25 Aug 1917 Motion Picture News reported that director Walter Edwards, having recently completed a film with Louise Glaum, was ready to star her again in Gonda, the working title of Ashes of Hope. However, according to the 1 Sep 1917 Motion Picture News, Glaum was "taken sick" shortly after filming began, and Belle Bennet took her role.
       Some sources refer to the character played by Jack Livingston as "Miles Norton." At the time of this film's release, Thomas H. Ince, who was credited with the film's authorship, was no longer connected with Triangle Film Corp. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
6 Oct 1917
p. 1421.
Motion Picture News
25 Aug 1917
p. 1310.
Motion Picture News
1 Sep 1917
p. 1485.
Motion Picture News
13 Oct 1917
p. 2583.
Motion Picture News
20 Oct 1917
p. 2717.
Moving Picture World
20 Oct 1917
p. 446.
NYDM
6 Oct 1917
p. 19.
Variety
5 Oct 1917
p. 43.
Wid's
4 Oct 1917
pp. 636-37.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Gonda
Release Date:
7 October 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Triangle Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
9 October 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11902
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Jim Gordon, a stranger to Paluski, a Western mining settlement, does not drink or gamble, and refuses dance hall girls' advances. Gonda, the dance hall queen, accepts a wager by gambling proprietor "Ace High" Lawton, who is hopelessly in love with her, that she cannot seduce Gordon. After a drunken miner attempts to shoot Gonda, Gordon protects her, but when she tries to induce Gordon to drink, he knocks her glass from her hand, thus beginning a barroom brawl. Although Gordon wins, he is injured. While Gonda nurses him, they fall in love and plan to marry, but Gordon discourages Gonda from becoming pregnant. When Gordon receives a letter from his wife back East containing a knitted baby shoe and news that he has been proven innocent of a murder charge, he leaves Gonda some gold and starts home. Thinking that Gordon wronged Gonda, Lawton throws him from a cliff. After an Indian trapper robs Gordon, Gordon attempts to rob the gambling hall but fails. He is about to be lynched when Gonda, who has discovered the letter, arranges for Gordon's escape for the sake of his son and agrees to marry Lawton, who then misleads the party trailing ... +


Jim Gordon, a stranger to Paluski, a Western mining settlement, does not drink or gamble, and refuses dance hall girls' advances. Gonda, the dance hall queen, accepts a wager by gambling proprietor "Ace High" Lawton, who is hopelessly in love with her, that she cannot seduce Gordon. After a drunken miner attempts to shoot Gonda, Gordon protects her, but when she tries to induce Gordon to drink, he knocks her glass from her hand, thus beginning a barroom brawl. Although Gordon wins, he is injured. While Gonda nurses him, they fall in love and plan to marry, but Gordon discourages Gonda from becoming pregnant. When Gordon receives a letter from his wife back East containing a knitted baby shoe and news that he has been proven innocent of a murder charge, he leaves Gonda some gold and starts home. Thinking that Gordon wronged Gonda, Lawton throws him from a cliff. After an Indian trapper robs Gordon, Gordon attempts to rob the gambling hall but fails. He is about to be lynched when Gonda, who has discovered the letter, arranges for Gordon's escape for the sake of his son and agrees to marry Lawton, who then misleads the party trailing Gordon. +

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