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William Hurlbut copyrighted a play titled Body and Soul on 14 Sep 1915, but it is unclear whether it is a play or a screenplay, or whether it was ever produced on ... More Less

William Hurlbut copyrighted a play titled Body and Soul on 14 Sep 1915, but it is unclear whether it is a play or a screenplay, or whether it was ever produced on stage. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
30 Oct 20
p. 2278.
MPN
23 Oct 20
p. 3275.
MPW
30 Oct 20
p. 1292.
Variety
27 Jan 17
p. 50.
Wid's
17 Oct 20
p. 15.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Body and Soul
Release Date:
25 October 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
20 October 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15699
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Claire Martin, a diligent American art student studying in Paris, suffers a blow to her head that transforms her into a woman of questionable morals. She then becomes involved with Scott Houghton, an unscrupulous artist who paints a suggestive portrait of her. When Houghton attempts to seduce Claire, she resists and in the struggle strikes her head and is restored to her former personality. Claire returns to America with no recollection of her lurid life, but when she meets Houghton at a party, he promises to illuminate her past. He lures Claire to his hotel room where his nephew stabs and kills him. The violence traumatizes Claire, who believes that she perpetrated the crime. When Houghton's nephew confesses, Claire is cleared of the crime and her seedy past and is free to marry her sweetheart Howard ... +


Claire Martin, a diligent American art student studying in Paris, suffers a blow to her head that transforms her into a woman of questionable morals. She then becomes involved with Scott Houghton, an unscrupulous artist who paints a suggestive portrait of her. When Houghton attempts to seduce Claire, she resists and in the struggle strikes her head and is restored to her former personality. Claire returns to America with no recollection of her lurid life, but when she meets Houghton at a party, he promises to illuminate her past. He lures Claire to his hotel room where his nephew stabs and kills him. The violence traumatizes Claire, who believes that she perpetrated the crime. When Houghton's nephew confesses, Claire is cleared of the crime and her seedy past and is free to marry her sweetheart Howard Kent. +

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

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