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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 ... More Less

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. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
29 May 20
p. 2965.
MPN
3 Apr 20
p. 3128.
MPN
29 May 20
p. 4546.
MPN
24 Apr 20
p. 583.
MPW
29 May 20
p. 1237.
Wid's
9 May 20
p. 30.
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LITERARY
Based on the short story "Virginia" by Ida M. Evans (publication undetermined).
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Virginia
Release Date:
24 May 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Film Mfg. Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
13 May 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15123
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
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 ... +


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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AFI Life Achievement Award

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