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This film opened at the Manhattan Opera House in New York on 16 Mar 1914 and moved to the Harris Theatre in May 1914. It was available to the state rights market in either May or Jun 1914. Viola Allen, the star of the play, agreed to appear in the film, according to a news item, but Vitagraph star Edith Storey took her role instead. Frederick Stanhope, who assisted director Frederick A. Thomson, was a stage director for the Liebler Co. Some scenes in the film were shot at North Scituate, RI; Winthrop Beach, MA; and various places between Boston and Philadelphia. The film was re-released by Greater Vitagraph (V-L-S-E, Inc.) in 1917. Goldwyn Pictures released a film based on the same source in 1923; it was directed by Maurice Tourneur and starred Richard Dix and Mae Busch. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; ... More Less

This film opened at the Manhattan Opera House in New York on 16 Mar 1914 and moved to the Harris Theatre in May 1914. It was available to the state rights market in either May or Jun 1914. Viola Allen, the star of the play, agreed to appear in the film, according to a news item, but Vitagraph star Edith Storey took her role instead. Frederick Stanhope, who assisted director Frederick A. Thomson, was a stage director for the Liebler Co. Some scenes in the film were shot at North Scituate, RI; Winthrop Beach, MA; and various places between Boston and Philadelphia. The film was re-released by Greater Vitagraph (V-L-S-E, Inc.) in 1917. Goldwyn Pictures released a film based on the same source in 1923; it was directed by Maurice Tourneur and starred Richard Dix and Mae Busch. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.0881.) More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
13 Dec 13
p. 442.
Motog
13 Jun 14
p. 402.
MPW
28 Mar 14
pp. 1656-57.
MPW
2 Dec 14
p. 31.
NYDM
30 Jul 13
p. 26.
NYDM
18 Mar 14
p. 28, 34
Variety
22 May 14
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
in collaboration with the Liebler Co.
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCER
WRITER
Picturized by
PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Christian by Hall Caine (New York, 10 Oct 1898) and his novel The Christian
A Story (London, 1897).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 March 1914
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
28 March 1914
Copyright Number:
LP2405
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When his sweetheart, Glory Quayle, becomes a successful actress on the London stage, John Storm enters a monastery. He cannot forget Glory, however, and leaves the cloister to establish a settlement house in the London slums. When Glory, who is now his neighbor, tells him about her friend Polly who is pregnant with the debauched Lord Robert Ure's child, John commands Ure to marry Polly. The jaded Ure is infuriated by John's presumption and instead marries Vera, a rich American. When John publicly exposes Ure, the lord gets his revenge by circulating a rumor that John has predicted that the world will end on Derby Day. Riots break out in the slums, but eventually Glory is able to convince the people that John is innocent of Ure's accusation and she and John decide to spend their lives ... +


When his sweetheart, Glory Quayle, becomes a successful actress on the London stage, John Storm enters a monastery. He cannot forget Glory, however, and leaves the cloister to establish a settlement house in the London slums. When Glory, who is now his neighbor, tells him about her friend Polly who is pregnant with the debauched Lord Robert Ure's child, John commands Ure to marry Polly. The jaded Ure is infuriated by John's presumption and instead marries Vera, a rich American. When John publicly exposes Ure, the lord gets his revenge by circulating a rumor that John has predicted that the world will end on Derby Day. Riots break out in the slums, but eventually Glory is able to convince the people that John is innocent of Ure's accusation and she and John decide to spend their lives together. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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