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The 9 Oct 1915 Motion Picture News reported the film’s scheduled 21 Oct 1915 release date. The 30 Oct 1915 edition noted that the five-reel drama was “written expressly” for star Blanche Sweet, who appeared as twin sisters, one of whom was battling drug addiction. According to the 11 Sep 1915 Motion Picture News, a total of forty-two “double-exposure” scenes were filmed, featuring Sweet as the two sisters. That same day, Moving Picture World announced the recent completion of principal photography. The 23 Oct 1915 issue included actress Cleo Ridgely among the cast. In addition, a publicity release from distributor Paramount Pictures Corp. credited Loyola O'Connor, rather than Alice Knowland, in the role of “Mrs. Martin.”
       A positive review in the 30 Oct 1915 Moving Picture World identified the location of several exterior shots as the Chinatown district of San Francisco, CA. The review also made special mention of art director Wilfred Buckland’s “Chinese restaurant” set, and noted that the cast included many Chinese-American background ... More Less

The 9 Oct 1915 Motion Picture News reported the film’s scheduled 21 Oct 1915 release date. The 30 Oct 1915 edition noted that the five-reel drama was “written expressly” for star Blanche Sweet, who appeared as twin sisters, one of whom was battling drug addiction. According to the 11 Sep 1915 Motion Picture News, a total of forty-two “double-exposure” scenes were filmed, featuring Sweet as the two sisters. That same day, Moving Picture World announced the recent completion of principal photography. The 23 Oct 1915 issue included actress Cleo Ridgely among the cast. In addition, a publicity release from distributor Paramount Pictures Corp. credited Loyola O'Connor, rather than Alice Knowland, in the role of “Mrs. Martin.”
       A positive review in the 30 Oct 1915 Moving Picture World identified the location of several exterior shots as the Chinatown district of San Francisco, CA. The review also made special mention of art director Wilfred Buckland’s “Chinese restaurant” set, and noted that the cast included many Chinese-American background actors.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
4 Sep 1915
p. 60
Motion Picture News
11 Sep 1915
p. 72
Motion Picture News
25 Sep 1915
p. 11, 144
Motion Picture News
9 Oct 1915
p. 51, 122
Motion Picture News
30 Oct 1915
p. 68
Motion Picture News
6 Nov 1915
p. 88
Motography
13 Nov 1915
p. 1050
Moving Picture World
11 Sep 1915
p. 1816
Moving Picture World
23 Oct 1915
p. 638
Moving Picture World
30 Oct 1915
p. 815, 983, 1034
NYDM
13 Nov 1915
p. 32
Variety
8 Oct 1915
p. 20
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITER
Story and scen
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 October 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co.
Copyright Date:
12 October 1915
Copyright Number:
LU6619
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Edith Martin and her twin sister Grace work as seamstresses to help their unemployed father make ends meet. An invalid, Grace falls prey to the temptations of Chinatown opium and becomes an addict, a condition worsened by a misguided physician who prescribes morphine to ease her pain. After Mr. Martin strikes oil, the family enjoys a new prosperity and the sisters meet the eligible Jack Herron, a fellow oil prospector. To Grace's dismay, Jack falls in love with Edith and in her jealousy, Grace tells Jack that Edith, not she, has a drug problem. Hinting that her sister will soon need more morphine, Grace arranges for a dinner in Chinatown with the couple. While her sister and Jack dance, Grace slips away to an opium den. Edith follows her, but ends up in the wrong den and is arrested in an ensuing drug raid. After he bails her out of jail, Edith takes an angry Jack to search for Grace and stumbles across her half-conscious body lying in the street. The truth about the sisters is revealed, and after sending Grace to a sanitarium in the country, Jack and Edith happily ... +


Edith Martin and her twin sister Grace work as seamstresses to help their unemployed father make ends meet. An invalid, Grace falls prey to the temptations of Chinatown opium and becomes an addict, a condition worsened by a misguided physician who prescribes morphine to ease her pain. After Mr. Martin strikes oil, the family enjoys a new prosperity and the sisters meet the eligible Jack Herron, a fellow oil prospector. To Grace's dismay, Jack falls in love with Edith and in her jealousy, Grace tells Jack that Edith, not she, has a drug problem. Hinting that her sister will soon need more morphine, Grace arranges for a dinner in Chinatown with the couple. While her sister and Jack dance, Grace slips away to an opium den. Edith follows her, but ends up in the wrong den and is arrested in an ensuing drug raid. After he bails her out of jail, Edith takes an angry Jack to search for Grace and stumbles across her half-conscious body lying in the street. The truth about the sisters is revealed, and after sending Grace to a sanitarium in the country, Jack and Edith happily wed. +

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