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The picture's working title was Shadow and Substance ... More Less

The picture's working title was Shadow and Substance . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
7 Sep 18
p. 1142.
MPN
17 Aug 18
p. 1084.
MPN
7 Sep 18
p. 1483.
MPN
2 Mar 18
p. 1275.
MPW
17 Aug 18
p. 994.
MPW
7 Sep 18
p. 1461.
MPW
14 Sep 18
pp. 1609-10.
Variety
13 Sep 18
p. 44.
Wid's
8 Sep 18
p. 18.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Shadow and Substance
Release Date:
2 September 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
2 September 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12797
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When John Lowery, his wife Mary and their small son Billy journey to a Northern lumber camp to visit its owner, Clifford Beresford, Mary becomes infatuated with the lumberman and neglects her little boy. A Hudson Bay Company clerk named Nan McDonald, known as the "angel of the lumberjacks," forms such a strong attachment to the child that although he becomes seriously ill, Billy refuses to take his medicine unless Nan dispenses it. Watching over him late one night, Nan sees Mary steal from her room to keep a midnight appointment with Clifford, but when Mary falls down the stairs to her death, Nan maintains her silence for John's sake. Heartbroken, John asks Nan to return with him to the East as Billy's governess, but local gossips misinterpret her presence in John's house and he marries her. Informed that John still loves only his dead wife, the unhappy Nan allows Clifford to flirt with her, whereupon John learns the truth about Mary and opens his heart to the woman who really loves ... +


When John Lowery, his wife Mary and their small son Billy journey to a Northern lumber camp to visit its owner, Clifford Beresford, Mary becomes infatuated with the lumberman and neglects her little boy. A Hudson Bay Company clerk named Nan McDonald, known as the "angel of the lumberjacks," forms such a strong attachment to the child that although he becomes seriously ill, Billy refuses to take his medicine unless Nan dispenses it. Watching over him late one night, Nan sees Mary steal from her room to keep a midnight appointment with Clifford, but when Mary falls down the stairs to her death, Nan maintains her silence for John's sake. Heartbroken, John asks Nan to return with him to the East as Billy's governess, but local gossips misinterpret her presence in John's house and he marries her. Informed that John still loves only his dead wife, the unhappy Nan allows Clifford to flirt with her, whereupon John learns the truth about Mary and opens his heart to the woman who really loves him. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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