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The working title of this film was The Golden Hope . This marked the motion picture debut of Anna Case, a well-known opera ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Golden Hope . This marked the motion picture debut of Anna Case, a well-known opera singer. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
1 Feb 19
p. 709.
MPN
1 Feb 19
p. 766.
MPW
1 Feb 19
p. 675.
Variety
16 Nov 18
p. 759.
Wid's
2 Feb 19
p. 19.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Golden Hope
Release Date:
20 January 1919
Copyright Claimant:
International Film Service Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
28 December 1918
Copyright Number:
LP13205
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,050
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Helen Merrill sings and dances in the rough Western mining town of Nugget City, where she befriends Myrtle Cadby, whose husband Jake cruelly abuses her. After a particularly vicious beating, Myrtle, seriously injured, shoots Jake. As she lies dying, she gives Helen a letter of introduction to a man she was to have married in the East, urging her to leave Nugget City. Before she leaves, Helen overhears Bill Sheridan and "Snipe" Roach scheming to sell Charles Taylor, a wealthy New Yorker, a salted mine, with the assistance of George Reed, Taylor's mining agent. Helen goes East and learns that Taylor is the man whom Myrtle was to have married, but because she immediately falls in love with him, she conceals her own identity and masquerades as Myrtle. Reed returns East and discloses her identity to Taylor, who denounces her, but when she prevents him from being swindled, he begs her forgiveness and asks her for her hand in ... +


Helen Merrill sings and dances in the rough Western mining town of Nugget City, where she befriends Myrtle Cadby, whose husband Jake cruelly abuses her. After a particularly vicious beating, Myrtle, seriously injured, shoots Jake. As she lies dying, she gives Helen a letter of introduction to a man she was to have married in the East, urging her to leave Nugget City. Before she leaves, Helen overhears Bill Sheridan and "Snipe" Roach scheming to sell Charles Taylor, a wealthy New Yorker, a salted mine, with the assistance of George Reed, Taylor's mining agent. Helen goes East and learns that Taylor is the man whom Myrtle was to have married, but because she immediately falls in love with him, she conceals her own identity and masquerades as Myrtle. Reed returns East and discloses her identity to Taylor, who denounces her, but when she prevents him from being swindled, he begs her forgiveness and asks her for her hand in marriage. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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