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The working title of this film was Virginia. Some reviews credit Ida M. Tarbell with the story, but as she was a nonfiction writer, this credit is probably an error. It is unclear whether Evans' story was written for the screen or adapted from a published source. A one reel film based on the same source, entitled Virginia, was produced by Universal in 1916. ...

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The working title of this film was Virginia. Some reviews credit Ida M. Tarbell with the story, but as she was a nonfiction writer, this credit is probably an error. It is unclear whether Evans' story was written for the screen or adapted from a published source. A one reel film based on the same source, entitled Virginia, was produced by Universal in 1916.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
29 May 1920
p. 2965
MPN
3 Apr 1920
p. 3128
MPN
29 May 1920
p. 4546
MPN
24 Apr 1920
p. 583
MPW
29 May 1920
p. 1237
Wid's
9 May 1920
p. 30
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
Philip E. Rosen
Dir
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Virginia" by Ida M. Evans (publication undetermined).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Virginia
Release Date:
24 May 1920
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Universal Film Mfg. Co., Inc.
13 May 1920
LP15123
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Virginia Clerson lives in sordid surroundings with her drunken father, her thieving brother Frank and her wastrel sister Laura. Deciding to take a different path, Virginia runs away from her unhappy home and obtains work in a millinery factory, telling her employer, Frederick Parker, that her relatives are all dead. Virginia works hard, soon becoming superintendent of the factory, and Frederick falls in love with her. She rescues Laura from her lot as a scrubwoman, but just as Virginia and Frederick are to be married, Frank appears and reveals his sister's past. When Frederick discovers Virginia's history, he thrashes Frank and forgives his sweetheart, and then the couple ...

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Virginia Clerson lives in sordid surroundings with her drunken father, her thieving brother Frank and her wastrel sister Laura. Deciding to take a different path, Virginia runs away from her unhappy home and obtains work in a millinery factory, telling her employer, Frederick Parker, that her relatives are all dead. Virginia works hard, soon becoming superintendent of the factory, and Frederick falls in love with her. She rescues Laura from her lot as a scrubwoman, but just as Virginia and Frederick are to be married, Frank appears and reveals his sister's past. When Frederick discovers Virginia's history, he thrashes Frank and forgives his sweetheart, and then the couple marries.

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