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Believe Me Xantippe
Director: Donald Crisp (Dir)
Release Date:   27 May 1918
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Cast: Wallace Reid  (George MacFarland)
  Ann Little  (Dolly Kamman)
  Ernest Joy  (Thornton Brown)
 

Summary: George MacFarland, a wealthy young man who loves adventure, bets his friends Thornton Brown and Arthur Sole $20,000 that he can commit a crime and elude the police for a year. After he forges a check, George heads West and does escape arrest for nearly a year, despite the proliferation of police circulars bearing his name and his favorite expression, "Believe me, Xantippe." In a Colorado hunting lodge, he meets Sheriff Kamman's pretty daughter Dolly, who recognizes and tries to arrest him. According to the terms of the bet, however, he must be captured by a genuine officer of the law, which Dolly is not. With the stroke of midnight, the year elapses and George wins the bet as well as the sheriff's daughter. 

Distribution Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.; Paramount Pictures
Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Director: Donald Crisp (Dir)
Producer: Jesse L. Lasky (Prod)
Writer: Olga Printzlau (Scen)

Subject Major: Colorado
  Forgers and forgery
  Wagers
 
Subject Minor: Fugitives
  Lodges
  Sheriffs

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