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This film is erroneously listed in the copyright records as The Lady of Red Brute . Paramount studio records list Dorothy Dalton's character as Faro's Fan and Thomas Holding's character as Walter E. Webster, also known as Wandering Smith. Contemporary reviews and the copyright records, however, list the characters' names as Faro Fan and Webster Smith, respectively. The working title of this film was The Accused ... More Less

This film is erroneously listed in the copyright records as The Lady of Red Brute . Paramount studio records list Dorothy Dalton's character as Faro's Fan and Thomas Holding's character as Walter E. Webster, also known as Wandering Smith. Contemporary reviews and the copyright records, however, list the characters' names as Faro Fan and Webster Smith, respectively. The working title of this film was The Accused . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPN
17 May 19
p. 3243.
MPN
7 Jun 19
p. 3864.
MPW
7 Jun 19
p. 1527.
Wid's
1 Jun 1919.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Accused
Release Date:
18 May 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Thos. H. Ince
Copyright Date:
21 April 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13652
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5-6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The mind of theology student Webster Smith becomes unbalanced from strain. Traveling across the desert as God's savior, he arrives weakened at Red Butte, a small mining town. Faro Fan, who runs a saloon and gambling joint cleanly, and who cares for the town's homeless children, helps Smith, but when he learns her business, he curses her. While Smith builds a church, Faro nurses renegade Spanish Ed, who spreads a fever to her wards. After Smith prays for fire to purge the town, excepting his church, saloon keeper Delicate Hanson, trying to disinfect his bar by burning whiskey on it, starts a fire which quickly spreads to the church, while leaving Faro's house unscathed. Furious, Smith attacks Faro. When she hits his head with a club, his sanity returns, and he helps her nurse the children. After Smith leaves to get supplies, Spanish Ed, crazed with thirst, tries to attact Faro. When Smith returns, Faro shoots him, thinking he is Spanish Ed. As she nurses him to health, they fall in ... +


The mind of theology student Webster Smith becomes unbalanced from strain. Traveling across the desert as God's savior, he arrives weakened at Red Butte, a small mining town. Faro Fan, who runs a saloon and gambling joint cleanly, and who cares for the town's homeless children, helps Smith, but when he learns her business, he curses her. While Smith builds a church, Faro nurses renegade Spanish Ed, who spreads a fever to her wards. After Smith prays for fire to purge the town, excepting his church, saloon keeper Delicate Hanson, trying to disinfect his bar by burning whiskey on it, starts a fire which quickly spreads to the church, while leaving Faro's house unscathed. Furious, Smith attacks Faro. When she hits his head with a club, his sanity returns, and he helps her nurse the children. After Smith leaves to get supplies, Spanish Ed, crazed with thirst, tries to attact Faro. When Smith returns, Faro shoots him, thinking he is Spanish Ed. As she nurses him to health, they fall in love. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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