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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 entry). ...

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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 entry).

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
28 Feb 1920
p. 1321
MPN
3 Jan 1920
p. 462
MPN
28 Feb 1920
p. 2185
MPW
19 Jun 1920
p. 4948
Variety
26 Mar 1920
p. 50
Wid's
22 Feb 1920
p. 10
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
William Christy Cabanne
Dir
WRITERS
William Christy Cabanne
Scen
PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Primrose Path by Bayard Veiller (New York, 6 May 1907).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Primrose Path
Release Date:
29 March 1920
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Universal Film Mfg. Co., Inc.
26 February 1920
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 ...

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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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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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