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Golden Rule Kate
Director: Reginald Barker (Dir)
Release Date:   12 Aug 1917
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Louise Glaum (Mercedes Murphy)  
    William Conklin (Rev. Gavin McGregor)  
    Jack Richardson ("Slick" Barney)  
    Mildred Harris (Live Sumner)  
    Jack Gilbert ("The Heller")  
    J. P. Lockney ("Nose Paint" Jonas)  
    Gertrude Claire (Mrs. McGregor)  
    H. Milton Ross (Jim Preston)  
    Josephine Headley ("Vegas Kate")  

Summary: In Paradise, Nevada, Mercedes Murphy, with her partner Slick Barney, owns and operates a saloon and dance hall called the Red Hen. A tough businesswoman while at work, Mercedes exhibits a tender side at home where she lives with her sister Olive. When a reform waves hits Paradise, the Reverend Gavin McGregor sets up a church next door to the saloon. Initially opposed to the church, Mercedes is so moved by the reverend's sermons that she orders her dance hall closed. Soon after, she discovers that Olive's virtue has been compromised and, believing that the minister is the cause, begins a vigorous campaign against the church. When it is uncovered that it was Barney and not the reverend who betrayed Olive, however, Mercedes orders the saloon closed forever and is preparing to leave town with Olive when the reverend professes his love for her and begs her to stay. 

Production Company: Triangle Film Corp.  
Distribution Company: Triangle Distributing Corp.  
Director: Reginald Barker (Dir)
Writer: Monte M. Katterjohn (Scen)
Photography: Robert Newhard (Cam)
Country: United States

Physical Properties: b&w:
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Genre: Western
 
Subjects (Major): Clergy
  Reformers
  Sisters
  Women in business
 
Subjects (Minor): Dance hall owners
  Nevada
  Partnership
  Saloon keepers
  Saloons

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   18 Aug 17   p. 856.
Motog   1 Sep 17   p. 474.
MPN   8 Sep 17   p. 1666.
MPW   12 Oct 1919.   
NYDM   18 Aug 17   p. 18.
Wid's   30 Aug 17   p. 554.

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