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The Byrne Brothers were a well-known family of actors and acrobats. The stage play toured the country for fifteen years, led by John Byrne, the eldest brother, and featuring his siblings. According to a contemporary news item, other original cast members of the play were used in the film. Although this film appears to have been shot in mid-1916, its release was not announced until Aug 1918. A pre-release screening occurred in Norwich, CT in Aug 1918, but no information on its general theatrical release is available. One contemporary source credits J. A. Murphy as director. Modern sources list John Kearney, Dorothy Graham, Mabel Paige and Lambert Hillyer as cast members. One contemporary news item refers to John Byrne as a co-scenarist, but references to other writers are not available. ...

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The Byrne Brothers were a well-known family of actors and acrobats. The stage play toured the country for fifteen years, led by John Byrne, the eldest brother, and featuring his siblings. According to a contemporary news item, other original cast members of the play were used in the film. Although this film appears to have been shot in mid-1916, its release was not announced until Aug 1918. A pre-release screening occurred in Norwich, CT in Aug 1918, but no information on its general theatrical release is available. One contemporary source credits J. A. Murphy as director. Modern sources list John Kearney, Dorothy Graham, Mabel Paige and Lambert Hillyer as cast members. One contemporary news item refers to John Byrne as a co-scenarist, but references to other writers are not available.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
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3 Aug 1918
p. 723
MPN
3 Aug 1918
p. 749
MPN
17 Aug 1918
p. 1087
Variety
26 May 1916
p. 26
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LITERARY
Based on the play Eight Bells by John F. Byrne (New York, 7 Sep 1891).
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DETAILS
Release Date:
August 1918
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Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
The Eight Bells Film Co.
28 August 1916
LU9057
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

After Ignatz Blotter catches Mrs. Blotter embracing Horace Lovell in his house, he chases his rival into the streets, but is arrested when he crashes into an innocent bystander. While Ignatz sits in jail, Lovell convinces Mrs. Blotter to steal the money from her husband's clock safe, then runs off with the cash and becomes the Duke DeBunk. Penniless, Mrs. Blotter takes a job in a girls' school attended by Rose McGozzle, an heiress who is courted by the Duke DeBunk. To enrich himself, Rose's father tries to destroy his brother's will in which Rose is named as the benefactor, but Rose teams up with Charlie Brown, her boyfriend, to thwart both the duke and her father, who has fallen in love with Mrs. Blotter. After a series of wild adventures, the entire group, including Ignatz, who has escaped from jail, end up on a steamer, which catches on fire in mid-ocean. Hurled by the ensuing explosion, the Duke, Mrs. Blotter and McGozzle are swallowed by a whale, while Rose, Charlie and Ignatz are blown to safety with the ...

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After Ignatz Blotter catches Mrs. Blotter embracing Horace Lovell in his house, he chases his rival into the streets, but is arrested when he crashes into an innocent bystander. While Ignatz sits in jail, Lovell convinces Mrs. Blotter to steal the money from her husband's clock safe, then runs off with the cash and becomes the Duke DeBunk. Penniless, Mrs. Blotter takes a job in a girls' school attended by Rose McGozzle, an heiress who is courted by the Duke DeBunk. To enrich himself, Rose's father tries to destroy his brother's will in which Rose is named as the benefactor, but Rose teams up with Charlie Brown, her boyfriend, to thwart both the duke and her father, who has fallen in love with Mrs. Blotter. After a series of wild adventures, the entire group, including Ignatz, who has escaped from jail, end up on a steamer, which catches on fire in mid-ocean. Hurled by the ensuing explosion, the Duke, Mrs. Blotter and McGozzle are swallowed by a whale, while Rose, Charlie and Ignatz are blown to safety with the will.

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