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The working title of this film was The Co-Respondent ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Co-Respondent . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
14 Dec 18
p. 1244.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Sep 1919.
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MPN
20 Sep 19
p. 2473.
Wid's
21 Sep 19
p. 14.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Co-Respondent
Release Date:
10 August 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Thomas H. Ince
Copyright Date:
10 July 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13954
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,071
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Civil War veteran Major Jefferson Armitage is forced by financial circumstances to move with his two orphaned grandchildren, Dick and Shirley, from their Alabama home to Brooklyn. After Dick's friend, Bobbie Baker, and Shirley fall in love, Bobbie upsets the Major by whistling "Yankee Doodle." When Dick gambles $150 which he took from his employer, financier Walter Haskell, and loses, Shirley offers to pay the debt by working as Haskell's stenographer. Haskell threatens to give Dick's confession to the police unless Shirley gives in to his advances, and lures Shirley to the office one night by seemingly forgetting to lock his safe, which contains Dick's confession. As Shirley struggles with Haskell, his wife enters with detectives. To protect Dick, Shirley claims to be Haskell's mistress, and hides the confession in Mrs. Haskell's bag. That night Haskell is murdered. Shirley is accused, but later, Mrs. Haskell reveals that Shirley was with her at the time, trying to retrieve Dick's confession. After Haskell's mistress, the real killer, is apprehended, Shirley is free to marry Bobbie, who now whistles "Dixie" for the ... +


Civil War veteran Major Jefferson Armitage is forced by financial circumstances to move with his two orphaned grandchildren, Dick and Shirley, from their Alabama home to Brooklyn. After Dick's friend, Bobbie Baker, and Shirley fall in love, Bobbie upsets the Major by whistling "Yankee Doodle." When Dick gambles $150 which he took from his employer, financier Walter Haskell, and loses, Shirley offers to pay the debt by working as Haskell's stenographer. Haskell threatens to give Dick's confession to the police unless Shirley gives in to his advances, and lures Shirley to the office one night by seemingly forgetting to lock his safe, which contains Dick's confession. As Shirley struggles with Haskell, his wife enters with detectives. To protect Dick, Shirley claims to be Haskell's mistress, and hides the confession in Mrs. Haskell's bag. That night Haskell is murdered. Shirley is accused, but later, Mrs. Haskell reveals that Shirley was with her at the time, trying to retrieve Dick's confession. After Haskell's mistress, the real killer, is apprehended, Shirley is free to marry Bobbie, who now whistles "Dixie" for the Major. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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