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HISTORY

The picture was scheduled for a general release on 22 October 1917, as reported two days earlier in Motography. Openings preceded during the week of 14 October 1917 at the Crescent Theatre in Brooklyn, NY, and on 20 October 1917 at the Alcazar Theatre in Chicago, IL. A Philadelphia, PA, opening followed on 25 October 1917. A chart in the 17 November 1917 Motion Picture News indicated that the film was attracting a large audience in the western U.S.
       An unrelated short comedy, also titled More Truth than Poetry, was released in 1916 by Mutual Film Corp.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included this film on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of October 2019. ...

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The picture was scheduled for a general release on 22 October 1917, as reported two days earlier in Motography. Openings preceded during the week of 14 October 1917 at the Crescent Theatre in Brooklyn, NY, and on 20 October 1917 at the Alcazar Theatre in Chicago, IL. A Philadelphia, PA, opening followed on 25 October 1917. A chart in the 17 November 1917 Motion Picture News indicated that the film was attracting a large audience in the western U.S.
       An unrelated short comedy, also titled More Truth than Poetry, was released in 1916 by Mutual Film Corp.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included this film on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of October 2019.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Tribune
20 Oct 1917
p. 14
Evening Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA)
20 Oct 1917
p. 15
Exhibitors Herald
3 Nov 1917
p. 29
Motion Picture News
10 Nov 1917
p. 3267
Motion Picture News
17 Nov 1917
p. 3432
Motography
20 Oct 1917
p. 842
Motography
3 Nov 1917
p. 954
Moving Picture World
17 Nov 1917
p. 1072
Moving Picture World
24 Nov 1917
p. 1187
Reel Life
26 Feb 1916
p. 21
Standard Union [Brooklyn, NY]
18 Oct 1917
p. 10
Wid's Daily
28 Jul 1917
p. 667, 692, 694
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
BRAND NAME
A Metro Wonderplay
A Metro Wonderplay
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
Burton L. King
Dir
WRITERS
Mme. Olga Petrova
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 October 1917
Premiere Information:
Brooklyn, NY, opening: week of 14 Oct 1917; Chicago openings: 20 Oct 1917; Philadelphia, PA, opening: 25 Oct 1917
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Metro Pictures Corp.
11 October 1917
LP11538
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

When Vera, the daughter of steel tycoon Daniel Maitland, marries attorney Ashton Blair, she is shunned by her father and left with only a small allowance. A few months later, Ashton gains notoriety by securing the acquittal of a man who killed his wife's lover, using "the unwritten law" as his defense. Ashton then succumbs to the allure of another woman; Vera discovers them in a compromising situation and shoots her husband. Although her lawyer pleads for mercy, Vera demands justice instead. She asks if there is one law for women and another for men, explaining that she shot her husband because he betrayed her trust. At that moment, it is revealed that the entire episode is being composed by novelist Elaine Esmond, who interrupts the story to go to the opera with her ...

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When Vera, the daughter of steel tycoon Daniel Maitland, marries attorney Ashton Blair, she is shunned by her father and left with only a small allowance. A few months later, Ashton gains notoriety by securing the acquittal of a man who killed his wife's lover, using "the unwritten law" as his defense. Ashton then succumbs to the allure of another woman; Vera discovers them in a compromising situation and shoots her husband. Although her lawyer pleads for mercy, Vera demands justice instead. She asks if there is one law for women and another for men, explaining that she shot her husband because he betrayed her trust. At that moment, it is revealed that the entire episode is being composed by novelist Elaine Esmond, who interrupts the story to go to the opera with her sweetheart.

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