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The synopsis of this film included in the copyright descriptions was originally entitled "Flowers of Doom." Although contemporary reviews say that the film is supposed to be based on an old French story or novel, no evidence of a source for this film other than Ingram's scenario has been found. Modern sources give Ingram sole credit for the story. Modern sources also list Jean Hersholt in a small, unnamed ... More Less

The synopsis of this film included in the copyright descriptions was originally entitled "Flowers of Doom." Although contemporary reviews say that the film is supposed to be based on an old French story or novel, no evidence of a source for this film other than Ingram's scenario has been found. Modern sources give Ingram sole credit for the story. Modern sources also list Jean Hersholt in a small, unnamed role. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
30 Dec 16
p. 276.
MPN
23 Dec 16
p. 4051.
MPN
30 Dec 16
p. 4200, 4233
MPW
20 Jan 17
p. 421.
NYDM
30 Dec 16
p. 16.
Photoplay
1 Mar 17
p. 120.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 January 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Bluebird Photoplays, Inc.
Copyright Date:
22 December 1916
Copyright Number:
LP9799
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Marie, the daughter of novelist Emile De Severac, is engaged to famous artist George Renoir. Because Marie becomes very flirtatious with other men while she is on vacation from her convent school, her father relates the plot of his unpublished novel, Black Orchids , in which Zoraida, the protagonist, seduces many men. Sebastian De Maupin, whose son Ivan is Zoraida's current lover, desires her himself and thus arranges for Ivan to go to war. When Zoraida then dallies with the handsome Marquis De Chantal she enrages De Maupin, who tries to poison the marquis, but is himself killed when Zoraida exchanges the lethal cup. After Ivan returns from battle, he and Zoraida renew their affair, thus precipitating a duel between himself and De Chantal which ends when Ivan seemingly slays his rival. Ivan and Zoraida then go to a castle which De Chantal has bequeathed to her. Although De Chantal has been fatally wounded, he lives long enough to go to the castle and seal the lovers into an airless death chamber. After the story is complete, Marie resolves to pursue a different course in ... +


Marie, the daughter of novelist Emile De Severac, is engaged to famous artist George Renoir. Because Marie becomes very flirtatious with other men while she is on vacation from her convent school, her father relates the plot of his unpublished novel, Black Orchids , in which Zoraida, the protagonist, seduces many men. Sebastian De Maupin, whose son Ivan is Zoraida's current lover, desires her himself and thus arranges for Ivan to go to war. When Zoraida then dallies with the handsome Marquis De Chantal she enrages De Maupin, who tries to poison the marquis, but is himself killed when Zoraida exchanges the lethal cup. After Ivan returns from battle, he and Zoraida renew their affair, thus precipitating a duel between himself and De Chantal which ends when Ivan seemingly slays his rival. Ivan and Zoraida then go to a castle which De Chantal has bequeathed to her. Although De Chantal has been fatally wounded, he lives long enough to go to the castle and seal the lovers into an airless death chamber. After the story is complete, Marie resolves to pursue a different course in life. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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