Full page view
HISTORY

Some scenes in this film were shot in Enfield Falls, NY. This film was shot in 1917, but was not released until 1919, when humorous titles were added which kidded the original film's seriousness, and the heroics of Francis X. Bushman. In the film, as originally shot, Andrew is a young lawyer who is intensely religious. He vows never to enter a church again after his mother dies and his sweetheart becomes engaged to another. He leaves town and becomes a sheriff in another town. After the events related in the synopsis of this film, Andrew brings Percy to marry Ruth and goes off to bear his grief alone. He is carried unconscious to a wayside shrine, where, after praying for God's assistance, he sees Ruth and believes that she is a vision. They are reunited after she convinces him that she is real. A news item appearing in 1917 said that Charles Brabin was the director while a 1919 review states that Cabanne directed the film several years earlier. The film was originally scheduled to be released in Dec 1917. One source lists the name of the actor who played "Rufus Sanborn" as Samuel Kramer, while other sources list the name as Samuel ... More Less

Some scenes in this film were shot in Enfield Falls, NY. This film was shot in 1917, but was not released until 1919, when humorous titles were added which kidded the original film's seriousness, and the heroics of Francis X. Bushman. In the film, as originally shot, Andrew is a young lawyer who is intensely religious. He vows never to enter a church again after his mother dies and his sweetheart becomes engaged to another. He leaves town and becomes a sheriff in another town. After the events related in the synopsis of this film, Andrew brings Percy to marry Ruth and goes off to bear his grief alone. He is carried unconscious to a wayside shrine, where, after praying for God's assistance, he sees Ruth and believes that she is a vision. They are reunited after she convinces him that she is real. A news item appearing in 1917 said that Charles Brabin was the director while a 1919 review states that Cabanne directed the film several years earlier. The film was originally scheduled to be released in Dec 1917. One source lists the name of the actor who played "Rufus Sanborn" as Samuel Kramer, while other sources list the name as Samuel Framer. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
6 Aug 1919.
---
MPN
29 Sep 17
p. 2173.
MPN
5 Jul 19
p. 345.
MPW
7 Nov 19
p. 97.
Variety
11 Jul 19
p. 61.
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 July 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
14 July 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13944
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the small town of Quinine, Andrew Craig, the sheriff, and Rufus Sanborn, the blacksmith, both love Mary Mason. To impress Mary, Andrew buys a new set of clothes, but his choice amuses her. However, when others also laugh, Mary begins to be sincerely touched by his effort. Mary's mother encourages Percy Smallwood, who expects to inherit a fortune, to court Mary. After Mary turns down Andrew's proposal because of her mother, Percy is falsely accused of fathering the child of a cabaret girl in a neighboring village. When Mary, who is protecting Percy, promises to wed Andrew if he lets Percy escape, Andrew accepts, but when he learns of Percy's innocence, he offers to release Mary from the agreement. Later, when Sanborn is about to attack Percy, Andrew intercedes. After he thrashes Sanborn, Percy, whom Mary does not love, allows her romance with Andrew to continue ... +


In the small town of Quinine, Andrew Craig, the sheriff, and Rufus Sanborn, the blacksmith, both love Mary Mason. To impress Mary, Andrew buys a new set of clothes, but his choice amuses her. However, when others also laugh, Mary begins to be sincerely touched by his effort. Mary's mother encourages Percy Smallwood, who expects to inherit a fortune, to court Mary. After Mary turns down Andrew's proposal because of her mother, Percy is falsely accused of fathering the child of a cabaret girl in a neighboring village. When Mary, who is protecting Percy, promises to wed Andrew if he lets Percy escape, Andrew accepts, but when he learns of Percy's innocence, he offers to release Mary from the agreement. Later, when Sanborn is about to attack Percy, Andrew intercedes. After he thrashes Sanborn, Percy, whom Mary does not love, allows her romance with Andrew to continue uninterrupted. +

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

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.