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ETR
27 Jul 18
p. 672.
MPN
27 Jul 18
p. 574, 641
MPW
3 Aug 18
p. 716, 722
NYDM
9 Aug 18
p. 34.
Variety
26 Jul 18
p. 32.
Wid's
21 Jul 18
pp. 7-8.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The First Law by Gilson Willets (New York, 1911).
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 July 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Pathé Exchange, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 July 1918
Copyright Number:
LU12647
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

After her father suffers financial ruin, Norma Webb advertises for boarders and finally accepts the application of young philanthropist Hugh Godwin. Norma is deeply in love with Hugh, but she mysteriously refuses his proposal of marriage. Later he learns that some time ago she had married the scoundrel who swindled her father. One night the husband enters her room and tries to force his attentions on her, whereupon she shoots him and flees. A detective discovers the body and threatens to expose Norma unless she uses her influence to secure for him Hugh's financial secrets. Desperate, Norma marries Hugh and obeys the blackmailer's orders until finally, unable to endure her own dishonesty any longer, she confesses everything to her new husband. Hugh and Norma track the detective to his home just in time to witness him murder the first husband, who merely had been wounded by Norma's shot. The detective is arrested, leaving Hugh and Norma free to enjoy their ... +


After her father suffers financial ruin, Norma Webb advertises for boarders and finally accepts the application of young philanthropist Hugh Godwin. Norma is deeply in love with Hugh, but she mysteriously refuses his proposal of marriage. Later he learns that some time ago she had married the scoundrel who swindled her father. One night the husband enters her room and tries to force his attentions on her, whereupon she shoots him and flees. A detective discovers the body and threatens to expose Norma unless she uses her influence to secure for him Hugh's financial secrets. Desperate, Norma marries Hugh and obeys the blackmailer's orders until finally, unable to endure her own dishonesty any longer, she confesses everything to her new husband. Hugh and Norma track the detective to his home just in time to witness him murder the first husband, who merely had been wounded by Norma's shot. The detective is arrested, leaving Hugh and Norma free to enjoy their happiness. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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