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Although MPW lists a W. Vermilyea in the cast, Harold Vermilye includes this title in his 1918 MPSD ... More Less

Although MPW lists a W. Vermilyea in the cast, Harold Vermilye includes this title in his 1918 MPSD credits. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
25 Dec 13
p. 22.
Motog
4 Jul 14
pp. 21-22.
MPW
2 May 14
p. 680.
MPW
13 Jun 14
p. 1553.
MPW
20 Jun 14
p. 1675.
NYDM
15 Apr 14
p. 35.
NYDM
10 Jun 14
p. 34.
Variety
26 Jun 14
p. 19.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
WRITER
MUSIC
Mus accompaniment comp
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (New York, 1906).
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 May 1914
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In a prologue, author Upton Sinclair describes his methods of researching The Jungle . A panoramic view of the Chicago stockyards is also shown. In the main story, Lithuanian immigrant Jurgis Rudkus arrives in Packingtown and through the efforts of his friend Jokubas, secures a job in the stockyards. Soon Jurgis is able to marry Ona, thus saddening Marija, an immigrant girl who loves him. At Jokubas' urging, Jurgis buys a house and is plunged into debt. Meanwhile, stockyard owner John Durham, outraged by the extravagances of his wife and worthless son Freddy, orders a large wage reduction for his workers. During a strike, Ona's stepfather, Antanas, becomes ill, the family is evicted, her sister Katrina dies of industrial poisoning, and Marija is drugged and raped by Durham's Freddy. Ona then has sex with foreman Connor in exchange for money to feed her starving child, only to learn of the infant's death. When Ona tells Jurgis, he throws Connor into a cattle pen where the foreman is killed. Ona later dies and Jurgis is imprisoned. Upon his release, Jurgis, unable to find the rest of his family attends a Socialist Party rally, where he is inspired to champion their cause. When he saves a woman from drowning herself, he finds that she is Marija, now a prostitute. Together they then work for the establishment of a "cooperative ... +


In a prologue, author Upton Sinclair describes his methods of researching The Jungle . A panoramic view of the Chicago stockyards is also shown. In the main story, Lithuanian immigrant Jurgis Rudkus arrives in Packingtown and through the efforts of his friend Jokubas, secures a job in the stockyards. Soon Jurgis is able to marry Ona, thus saddening Marija, an immigrant girl who loves him. At Jokubas' urging, Jurgis buys a house and is plunged into debt. Meanwhile, stockyard owner John Durham, outraged by the extravagances of his wife and worthless son Freddy, orders a large wage reduction for his workers. During a strike, Ona's stepfather, Antanas, becomes ill, the family is evicted, her sister Katrina dies of industrial poisoning, and Marija is drugged and raped by Durham's Freddy. Ona then has sex with foreman Connor in exchange for money to feed her starving child, only to learn of the infant's death. When Ona tells Jurgis, he throws Connor into a cattle pen where the foreman is killed. Ona later dies and Jurgis is imprisoned. Upon his release, Jurgis, unable to find the rest of his family attends a Socialist Party rally, where he is inspired to champion their cause. When he saves a woman from drowning herself, he finds that she is Marija, now a prostitute. Together they then work for the establishment of a "cooperative commonwealth." +

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