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The title of this film was changed from Diana Ardway. A few scenes were directed by John H. Collins, who was Viola Dana's husband, before a four week shutdown of production due to the influenza epidemic of 1918. After an illness of less than a week, Collins, cited by MPW as "probably the youngest director of note in the country," died of pneumonia in New York. Reviews and contemporary news items credit Collins as scenarist, while the synopsis included in the copyright descriptions has Collins' name crossed out and replaced by that of June Mathis. ...

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The title of this film was changed from Diana Ardway. A few scenes were directed by John H. Collins, who was Viola Dana's husband, before a four week shutdown of production due to the influenza epidemic of 1918. After an illness of less than a week, Collins, cited by MPW as "probably the youngest director of note in the country," died of pneumonia in New York. Reviews and contemporary news items credit Collins as scenarist, while the synopsis included in the copyright descriptions has Collins' name crossed out and replaced by that of June Mathis.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
8 Mar 1919
p. 1075
ETR
15 Mar 1919
p. 1137
MPN
8 Feb 1919
p. 875
MPN
30 Mar 1919
p. 13
MPW
9 Nov 1918
p. 651
MPW
25 Jan 1919
p. 515
MPW
15 Mar 1919
p. 1526
Variety
7 Mar 1919
p. 66
Wid's
9 Mar 1919
p. 3
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
BRAND NAME
All-Star Series
All-Star Series
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Albert H. Kelley
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Tech dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Diana Ardway by Van Zo Post (Philadelphia, 1913).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
3 March 1919
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Metro Pictures Corp.
11 March 1919
LP13483
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Famous playwright Paul Worden takes a country bungalow to write a new work and rehearse with Marjorie Sinclair, his leading actress, who is staying nearby. When riding one day, Paul helps his neighbor, Diana Ardway, the spoiled teenage daughter of a steel magnate, when her horse gets the better of her. Diana, at first insulted by Paul's interference, develops a passionate interest in him, leading her to spy on him, provoke a hair-pulling fight with Marjorie, and destroy one of Paul's rooms after he treats her like a child. When Paul wires his brother Tad, known for his successes with women, to relieve him of Diana's attentions, she rejects Tad. Knowing that her father will return soon from Europe, Diana gives the Associated Press an announcement of her engagement to Paul and kidnaps him to make it appear that he compromised her. After her father returns, Paul, thoroughly beaten, realizes his love for her and accepts his ...

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Famous playwright Paul Worden takes a country bungalow to write a new work and rehearse with Marjorie Sinclair, his leading actress, who is staying nearby. When riding one day, Paul helps his neighbor, Diana Ardway, the spoiled teenage daughter of a steel magnate, when her horse gets the better of her. Diana, at first insulted by Paul's interference, develops a passionate interest in him, leading her to spy on him, provoke a hair-pulling fight with Marjorie, and destroy one of Paul's rooms after he treats her like a child. When Paul wires his brother Tad, known for his successes with women, to relieve him of Diana's attentions, she rejects Tad. Knowing that her father will return soon from Europe, Diana gives the Associated Press an announcement of her engagement to Paul and kidnaps him to make it appear that he compromised her. After her father returns, Paul, thoroughly beaten, realizes his love for her and accepts his fate.

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

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