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The working title of this film was Free . Pre-release trade articles differ from contemporary reviews in calling the actress who played Larry Holden's wife Lois Woods, not ... More Less

The working title of this film was Free . Pre-release trade articles differ from contemporary reviews in calling the actress who played Larry Holden's wife Lois Woods, not Wood. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
12 Jul 19
p. 471.
MPN
12 Jul 19
p. 595.
MPW
5 Jul 19
p. 18.
Variety
4 Jul 19
p. 41.
Wid's
29 Jun 19
p. 3.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
All Star Series
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Free" by Wallace Irwin in The Saturday Evening Post (14 Dec 1918).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Free
Release Date:
30 June 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
7 July 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13923
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After attending a lecture by Harriet Peebles Cull, Hortense Troutt, a stenographer to wealthy clothes manufacturer Saul Shilpick, Sr., becomes convinced that she is one of the thousands of downtrodden slaves to labor. Saul Shilpick, Jr. is in love with Hortense, but she ignores him. Hortense suddenly quits her job and joins Comrade Harriet's "uplifters." Harriet shares her home with Hortense, who is so infatuated with her new mission that she does not realize she has become an even more downtrodden laborer as a general servant to Harriet. Hortense believes she is in love with Larry Holden, a free-loader reformer who is actually already married and practices free love. Shilpick, Jr. disguises himself as a "convert," rescues Hortense from the uplifters, and wins her ... +


After attending a lecture by Harriet Peebles Cull, Hortense Troutt, a stenographer to wealthy clothes manufacturer Saul Shilpick, Sr., becomes convinced that she is one of the thousands of downtrodden slaves to labor. Saul Shilpick, Jr. is in love with Hortense, but she ignores him. Hortense suddenly quits her job and joins Comrade Harriet's "uplifters." Harriet shares her home with Hortense, who is so infatuated with her new mission that she does not realize she has become an even more downtrodden laborer as a general servant to Harriet. Hortense believes she is in love with Larry Holden, a free-loader reformer who is actually already married and practices free love. Shilpick, Jr. disguises himself as a "convert," rescues Hortense from the uplifters, and wins her love. +

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Sub-genre:
Social


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AFI Life Achievement Award

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