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The working title of this film was The Primrose Path . Sources conflict concerning the scenarist. Veiller's play was filmed in 1915 as The Primrose Path (see ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Primrose Path . Sources conflict concerning the scenarist. Veiller's play was filmed in 1915 as The Primrose Path (see below). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
28 Feb 20
p. 1321.
MPN
3 Jan 20
p. 462.
MPN
28 Feb 20
p. 2185.
MPW
19 Jun 20
p. 4948.
Variety
26 Mar 20
p. 50.
Wid's
22 Feb 20
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
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PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Primrose Path by Bayard Veiller (New York, 6 May 1907).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Primrose Path
Release Date:
29 March 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Film Mfg. Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
26 February 1920
Copyright Number:
LP14802
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Struggling artist Ned Templeton and his wife Joan are leading a poverty-striken life in Paris. Threatened by starvation and eviction, Joan is forced to become a prostitute. After some time, Ned becomes successful, and he and Joan move to New York. There he meets Helen, daughter of wealthy art patron James Cartwright. Cartwright was the man who "bought" Joan in Paris, and when he learns that his daughter's happiness depends upon Ned's divorce, he threatens to expose Joan. Ned overhears his threat and realizes his love for Joan and the sacrifice that she has made for ... +


Struggling artist Ned Templeton and his wife Joan are leading a poverty-striken life in Paris. Threatened by starvation and eviction, Joan is forced to become a prostitute. After some time, Ned becomes successful, and he and Joan move to New York. There he meets Helen, daughter of wealthy art patron James Cartwright. Cartwright was the man who "bought" Joan in Paris, and when he learns that his daughter's happiness depends upon Ned's divorce, he threatens to expose Joan. Ned overhears his threat and realizes his love for Joan and the sacrifice that she has made for him. +

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

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