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The Love Net
Alternate Title: In Quest of the Latch String
Director: Tefft Johnson (Dir)
Release Date:   23 Dec 1918
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Madge Evans (Patty Barnes)  
    Jack Drumier (Captain Amos Barnes)  
    Charles Sutton (Eben Cobb)  
    W. T. Carleton (John Harding)  
    Charles Ascott (James Henley)  
    Blanche Craig (Martha Henley)  
    Kate Lester (Mrs. Gaythorne)  
    Sam Ryan (Hendricks)  
    Charles Jackson (Smuggler Jones)  
    Nora Cecil (Miss Prudence Tilly)  
    Estar Banks ("Mother" Cobb)  
    Kathleen Blackburn (Marjory)  

Summary: Little Patty Barnes lives with her grandfather, Captain Amos Barnes, in a rickety shack on the New England coast. The wealthy Mrs. Gaythorne, who wishes to adopt Patty, instructs James Henley to secure the mortgage on the shack, and when Amos, now homeless and penniless, departs for the poor farm, Patty is forced to live with the cruel old woman. In the poor farm, Amos meets his two old boyhood companions, Eben Cobb, who runs the establishment, and John Harding, a millionaire who is posing as a poverty-stricken invalid in order to escape his greedy relatives. Having learned that his old friends are as good-hearted and loyal as he remembered them, John leaves Eben a large check and asks Patty to meet him near his yacht for a "pirate cruise." Intending to drown himself, Amos sets sail in his boat and, unaware that Patty is on board, pulls the plugs. The boat is about to go under when John rescues the two and takes them aboard his yacht to a life of comfort and happiness. 

Production Company: World Film Corp.  
Distribution Company: World Film Corp.  
Director: Tefft Johnson (Dir)
Writer: Clara S. Beranger (Scen)
  Bertha A. Backus (Story)
Photography: Alfred E. Moses (Cam)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
World Film Corp. 11/12/1918 dd/mm/yyyy LU13220

Physical Properties: b&w:

Genre: Comedy-drama
Subjects (Major): Adoption
Subjects (Minor): Attempted suicide
  Impersonation and imposture
  New England
  Sea captains
  Yachts and yachting

Note: The working title of this film was Snug Harbor . The pre-production title noted in copyright records was In Quest of the Latch String . In news items, the pre-production title was given as The Latch String Hangs Out

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   21 Dec 18   p. 235.
ETR   28 Dec 18   p. 277.
MPN   21 Dec 18   p. 3772.
Variety   13 Dec 18   p. 40.

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