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Working titles of this film were The Game and Emanuel Blake . It was filmed at the Robert Brunton Studios in Los Angeles, where a preview showing was held on 10 Apr ... More Less

Working titles of this film were The Game and Emanuel Blake . It was filmed at the Robert Brunton Studios in Los Angeles, where a preview showing was held on 10 Apr 1919. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
5 Jul 19
p. 389.
MPN
5 Jul 19
p. 387.
MPW
5 Jul 19
p. 115.
New York Morning Telegraph
28 Apr 19
p. 13.
Variety
18 Jul 19
p. 44.
Wid's
29 Jun 19
p. 9.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Emanuel Blake
The Game
Release Date:
6 July 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Pathé Exchange, Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 June 1919
Copyright Number:
LU13883
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Jim Blake, a master of the shell game, practices his skills at country fairs, circuses and carnivals until he becomes "J. Hatfield Blake," the promoter of phony stock and land deals which provide his beloved daughter Margaret with luxuries. Margaret falls in love with Dick Wilbur but Dick leaves her because Blake swindles his father out of $100,000 and Margaret sides with Blake. When Margaret meets a poor widow with starving babies to whom Blake sold some worthless desert land, she leaves him, saying she will not return until he rectifies his wrong-doings. She marries Dick, while Blake, shaken by her words, repays everyone who suffered from his dishonesty after he legitimately strikes oil. Alone on Christmas Eve, Blake invites some barroom characters to his mansion for a drunken dinner, after which, at his urging, they take his silverware and paintings. Blake continues to drink and when Margaret and Dick arrive to surprise him, they find him ... +


Jim Blake, a master of the shell game, practices his skills at country fairs, circuses and carnivals until he becomes "J. Hatfield Blake," the promoter of phony stock and land deals which provide his beloved daughter Margaret with luxuries. Margaret falls in love with Dick Wilbur but Dick leaves her because Blake swindles his father out of $100,000 and Margaret sides with Blake. When Margaret meets a poor widow with starving babies to whom Blake sold some worthless desert land, she leaves him, saying she will not return until he rectifies his wrong-doings. She marries Dick, while Blake, shaken by her words, repays everyone who suffered from his dishonesty after he legitimately strikes oil. Alone on Christmas Eve, Blake invites some barroom characters to his mansion for a drunken dinner, after which, at his urging, they take his silverware and paintings. Blake continues to drink and when Margaret and Dick arrive to surprise him, they find him dead. +

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

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