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Edgar Selwyn originally wrote For Better, for Worse as a play, then sold the story to Cecil B. DeMille, but contrary to some contemporary sources never had it produced on the theatrical stage. One pre-production news item, some ads and several modern sources, including Cecil B. DeMille's autobiography, credit William C. de Mille with "adapting" Selwyn's play before Macpherson wrote the actual scenario. All other contemporary sources give sole scenario credit to Macpherson. A few contemporary sources list Macpherson as a co-story writer. According to modern sources, James Wong Howe was the assistant cameraman on this film, Wilfred Buckland was the art director and Howard Higgin was the production manager. Modern sources also identify Mae Giraci in the part of the little ... More Less

Edgar Selwyn originally wrote For Better, for Worse as a play, then sold the story to Cecil B. DeMille, but contrary to some contemporary sources never had it produced on the theatrical stage. One pre-production news item, some ads and several modern sources, including Cecil B. DeMille's autobiography, credit William C. de Mille with "adapting" Selwyn's play before Macpherson wrote the actual scenario. All other contemporary sources give sole scenario credit to Macpherson. A few contemporary sources list Macpherson as a co-story writer. According to modern sources, James Wong Howe was the assistant cameraman on this film, Wilfred Buckland was the art director and Howard Higgin was the production manager. Modern sources also identify Mae Giraci in the part of the little girl. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
10 May 19
pp. 1753-55, 1767
MPN
10 May 19
p. 3091, 3096
MPW
10 May 19
pp. 815-16, 936-37.
New York Times
31 Jan 19
p. 53.
Variety
2 May 19
p. 60.
Wid's
4 May 19
p. 19.
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 April 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Artcraft Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 April 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13653
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Dr. Edward Meade, a specialist in children's diseases, and Richard Burton, an architect, both enlist in the army in World War I. Meade realizes that he is more greatly needed in the hospital ward than on the battlefield, and he stays home to serve the children. Sylvia Norcross believes him to be a coward and marries Burton instead, on the eve of Burton's leaving for service. Burton is loved by Betty Hoyt, but it is an unrequited love. Later, after Sylvia has an automobile accident in which she injures a small girl and Meade successfully treats her, she realizes that courage, not cowardice, kept Meade at home. News comes of Burton's death, but just as Meade and Sylvia are about to be married, Burton reappears. He has actually survived but is badly disfigured. Burton leaves them free to marry, and recognizes the true love of ... +


Dr. Edward Meade, a specialist in children's diseases, and Richard Burton, an architect, both enlist in the army in World War I. Meade realizes that he is more greatly needed in the hospital ward than on the battlefield, and he stays home to serve the children. Sylvia Norcross believes him to be a coward and marries Burton instead, on the eve of Burton's leaving for service. Burton is loved by Betty Hoyt, but it is an unrequited love. Later, after Sylvia has an automobile accident in which she injures a small girl and Meade successfully treats her, she realizes that courage, not cowardice, kept Meade at home. News comes of Burton's death, but just as Meade and Sylvia are about to be married, Burton reappears. He has actually survived but is badly disfigured. Burton leaves them free to marry, and recognizes the true love of Betty. +

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