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The Clodhopper
Alternate Title: The Clod Hopper
Director: Victor L. Schertzinger (Dir)
Release Date:   17 Jun 1917
Duration (in feet):   4,557
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Charles Ray (Everett Nelson)  
    Charles K. French (Isaac Nelson, Everett's father)  
    Margery Wilson (Mary Martin)  
    Lydia Knott (Mrs. Nelson)  
    Thomas Guise (Karl Seligman)  

Summary: Everett Nelson, known as a local character by his neighbors and exploited by his father, leaves the farm for New York, and soon lands a lucrative job in a cabaret as a country dancer. Back home, rumors are spread about Everett causing a run on Mr. Nelson's bank. Mary Martin, Everett's sweetheart, goes to New York seeking help from Everett. Once there, she sways Everett who then returns home to save the bank and wed Mary. 

Production Company: New York Motion Picture Corp.; Kay-Bee  
Distribution Company: Triangle Distributing Corp.  
Director: Victor L. Schertzinger (Dir)
Producer: Thomas H. Ince (Supv)
  Thomas H. Ince (Prod)
Writer: Monte M. Katterjohn (Scen)
Photography: Paul E. Eagler (Cam)
Country: United States
Language: English

Physical Properties: b&w:

Genre: Comedy-drama
Subjects (Major): Bank failures
  Cabaret performers
Subjects (Minor): Bankers
  Fathers and sons

Note: Working titles of this film were The Ten Thousand Dollar Feet and The Clod Hopper . It was "recreated" and re-released by Triangle on 4 Jan 1920 under the same title. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   30 Jun 17   p. 270.
Motog   7 Jul 17   p. 46.
MPN   7 Jul 17   p. 114.
NYDM   30 Jun 17   p. 29.
Photoplay   1 Sep 17   p. 105.
Variety   29 Jun 17   p. 31.
Wid's   28 Jun 17   p. 403.

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