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HISTORY

Wid's lists this as a Popular Plays and Players production. This company was absorbed by Metro earlier in ... More Less

Wid's lists this as a Popular Plays and Players production. This company was absorbed by Metro earlier in 1917. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
20 Oct 17
p. 842.
MPW
17 Nov 17
p. 1072.
MPW
24 Nov 17
p. 1187.
Wid's
28 Jul 17
p. 667, 692, 694
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 October 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
11 October 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11538
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Vera, the daughter of steel king Daniel Maitland, marries Blair, a young lawyer, her father cuts her off with only a small allowance. A few months later, Blair becomes famous by securing the acquittal of one of his friends who had killed his wife's lover, basing his plea on "the unwritten law." He then succumbs to the fascination of another woman. Vera discovers them in a compromising situation and shoots Blair. At her trial, her lawyer is pleading for mercy when Vera explains that she does not want mercy, but justice. She asks if there is one law for a woman and another for a man and explains that she shot her husband because he betrayed her trust. At that moment, it is revealed that the whole episode is being composed by novelist Elaine Esmond, who interrupts her story to go to the opera with her ... +


When Vera, the daughter of steel king Daniel Maitland, marries Blair, a young lawyer, her father cuts her off with only a small allowance. A few months later, Blair becomes famous by securing the acquittal of one of his friends who had killed his wife's lover, basing his plea on "the unwritten law." He then succumbs to the fascination of another woman. Vera discovers them in a compromising situation and shoots Blair. At her trial, her lawyer is pleading for mercy when Vera explains that she does not want mercy, but justice. She asks if there is one law for a woman and another for a man and explains that she shot her husband because he betrayed her trust. At that moment, it is revealed that the whole episode is being composed by novelist Elaine Esmond, who interrupts her story to go to the opera with her sweetheart. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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