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One contemporary source states that this black independent film was based on a play, but no evidence to support this statement has been located. Another contemporary source states that the film's length was 8,000 feet, not seven reels. The film may have been cut to six reels sometime after it opened. In the records of the George P. Johnson Negro Film Collection, the cameraman was identified only as "Whitie." Foy Clements may actually be the actress Flo Clements. The film may have been reissued in 1925, but specific informaiton on a reissue has not been ... More Less

One contemporary source states that this black independent film was based on a play, but no evidence to support this statement has been located. Another contemporary source states that the film's length was 8,000 feet, not seven reels. The film may have been cut to six reels sometime after it opened. In the records of the George P. Johnson Negro Film Collection, the cameraman was identified only as "Whitie." Foy Clements may actually be the actress Flo Clements. The film may have been reissued in 1925, but specific informaiton on a reissue has not been verified. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ChiDef
28 Aug 20
p. 4.
ChiDef
4 Sep 20
p. 4.
New York Age
18 Sep 20
p. 6.
DETAILS
Release Date:
August 1920
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7-8
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Herbert Lanyon is thought to be dead after a shipwreck, and his fiancée Mildred Carrison is forced by her money-minded Aunt Clara into marriage with "Bull" Magee, a gambler and underworld boss who mistreats Mildred. After Herbert returns, Magee undergoes financial difficulties that he blames on Mildred and Herbert, and seeks revenge. Herbert and a repentant Aunt Clara, however, free Mildred from Magee, and the lovers are able to marry. [A subplot involves boxer "Tug" Wilson, who is ordered by his manager Magee to lay down in the seventeenth round of a prizefight at the film's climax. No other information concerning the plot has been ... +


Herbert Lanyon is thought to be dead after a shipwreck, and his fiancée Mildred Carrison is forced by her money-minded Aunt Clara into marriage with "Bull" Magee, a gambler and underworld boss who mistreats Mildred. After Herbert returns, Magee undergoes financial difficulties that he blames on Mildred and Herbert, and seeks revenge. Herbert and a repentant Aunt Clara, however, free Mildred from Magee, and the lovers are able to marry. [A subplot involves boxer "Tug" Wilson, who is ordered by his manager Magee to lay down in the seventeenth round of a prizefight at the film's climax. No other information concerning the plot has been discovered.] +

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Sub-genre:
African American


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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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