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According to the 20 Dec 1924 Moving Picture World, Idle Tongues was the first motion picture to be released under a new production-distribution deal between the Thomas H. Ince Corp. and First National Pictures. ... More Less

According to the 20 Dec 1924 Moving Picture World, Idle Tongues was the first motion picture to be released under a new production-distribution deal between the Thomas H. Ince Corp. and First National Pictures. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Moving Picture World
20 Dec 1924
p. 741.
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 December 1924
Copyright Claimant:
Thomas H. Ince Corp.
Copyright Date:
11 November 1924
Copyright Number:
LP20753
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,300 , 5,447
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After serving 5 years in prison for embezzling church funds, Dr. Ephraim Nye returns to Ostable and the scornful gossip of its residents, led by Althea Bemis. There is a typhoid epidemic, and Dr. Nye believes it to be caused by the water in a pond that Judge Copeland, the brother of Dr. Nye's dead wife, Fanny, wishes to use as the source of municipal water supply. Only Katherine Minot supports Dr. Nye, but biologists prove him correct; and Dr. Nye confronts Copeland with proof that he went to prison to protect Fanny, the actual criminal. Copeland finally consents to the marriage of his daughter, Faith, to Tom Stone, the son of his enemy; and Katherine spreads the news of her engagement to Dr. Nye through ... +


After serving 5 years in prison for embezzling church funds, Dr. Ephraim Nye returns to Ostable and the scornful gossip of its residents, led by Althea Bemis. There is a typhoid epidemic, and Dr. Nye believes it to be caused by the water in a pond that Judge Copeland, the brother of Dr. Nye's dead wife, Fanny, wishes to use as the source of municipal water supply. Only Katherine Minot supports Dr. Nye, but biologists prove him correct; and Dr. Nye confronts Copeland with proof that he went to prison to protect Fanny, the actual criminal. Copeland finally consents to the marriage of his daughter, Faith, to Tom Stone, the son of his enemy; and Katherine spreads the news of her engagement to Dr. Nye through Althea. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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