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The Stronger Vow
Director: Reginald Barker (Dir)
Release Date:   27 Apr 1919
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Geraldine Farrar (Dolores de Cordova)  
    Milton Sills (Juan Estudillo)  
    Kate Lester (Señora de Cordova)  
    Tom Santschi (Pedro Toral)  
    John Davidson (José de Cordova)  
    Hassard Short (Bibi Leroux)  

Summary: During the Easter Carnival, Dolores de Cordova flirts with Juan Estudillo, not knowing that he is a member of the family with whom her ancestors have long feuded. Dolores' cousin, Pedro Toral, jealous of her attentions to Juan, kills her brother that night and after leaving Juan's handkerchief by the body, makes Dolores swear to avenge the death with her own hands. Later, living with her aunt in Paris, Dolores again meets Juan, now a marquis because of his service to the king, and marries him after refusing Pedro, who secretly leads a band of Spanish anarchists pursued by Juan. Grief stricken after the wedding dinner when she hears from Pedro that Juan is her brother's killer, Dolores is kidnapped and taken to Pedro's Apache den where Juan is also lured. Bibi Leroux, an Apache whose sister was seduced by Pedro, informs the police, who arrive just as Dolores is about to stab Juan in the heart. Bibi shoots Pedro and reveals that Juan is innocent. 

Production Company: Goldwyn Pictures Corp.; Diva Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Goldwyn Distributing Corp.  
Director: Reginald Barker (Dir)
Producer: Samuel Goldwyn (Pres)
Writer: Izola Forrester (Story)
Photography: Percy Hilburn (Cam)
Art Direction: Hugo Ballin (Art dir)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Diva Pictures, Inc. 16/4/1919 dd/mm/yyyy LP13613

Physical Properties: b&w:

Genre: Melodrama
Subjects (Major): Apaches--Paris
  False accusations
Subjects (Minor): Anarchists

Note: Diva Pictures, Inc., Geraldine Farrar's own company, was connected with Goldwyn Pictures Corp. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   10 May 19   p. 1763.
MPN   10 May 19   p. 3102.
MPW   10 May 19   pp. 938-39.
New York Times   22 Jun 1919.   
Variety   2 May 19   p. 59.
Wid's   4 May 19   p. 28.

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