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The Sin Woman
Director: George W. Lederer (Dir)
Release Date:   Apr 1917
Duration (in reels):   7-8
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Cast:   Irene Fenwick (Grace Penrose)  
    Clifford Bruce (John Winthrop)  
    Reine Davies (Beth Winthrop)  
    George Morgan (Dan Pratt)  
    Sara McVickar (Mrs. Pratt)  
    Wellington Playter (Driver)  
    Little Joan (Baby Winthrop)  

Summary: After a prologue which shows Eve giving the apple to Adam, Mary Magdalene, the feast of Belshazzar, the ancestors of the "vampire" being tried for witchcraft in 1692 and an incident in 1840, the modern story begins. To escape the clutches of the law, vampire Grace Penrose flees New York to the little hotel in the mountains owned by the mother of her last victim, Dan Morgan. En route, her sleigh overturns and she is rescued by John Winthrop, a young married man who is living happily in the mountains with his wife and child. Grace attempts to ensnare him in her spell as John struggles to remain aloof. Arriving at the hotel, she is met by Morgan, who doesn't dare reveal his affair with the adventuress. Continuing her campaign to lure John, Grace eventually succeeds, and he informs his wife that he is leaving her. After pleading with both her husband and Grace, Mrs. Winthrop tells her trouble to Morgan's mother. Morgan finally confesses to his mother, and produces a photo of Grace endorsed with a message of undying love. With the photo as proof, they rouse the townspeople, who tar and feather the adventuress, after which John returns, chagrined, to his wife. 

Production Company: George Backer Film Corp.  
Distribution Company: State Rights  
  M. H. Hoffman, Inc.  
Director: George W. Lederer (Dir)
Producer: George W. Lederer (Supv)
Writer: Herbert Hall Winslow (Story)
  Edward Corbett (Story)
Photography: H. E. Butler (Cam)
  Alfred Moses (Cam)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
George Backer Film Corp. 29/3/1917 dd/mm/yyyy LP10559

Physical Properties: b&w:
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Genre: Drama
 
Subjects (Major): Hotels
  Photographs
  Seduction
  Vamps
 
Subjects (Minor): Biblical characters
  Fugitives
  Mobs
  Mothers and sons
  Mountains
  New York City
  Sleighing
  Trials
  Witches and witchcraft

Note: This was the first production of the George Backer Film Corp. It was adapted from a French play, the title of which has not been determined. Director George W. Lederer was married to actress Reine Davies, who was Marion Davies' sister. Wid's credits Harry Revier as co-director with Lederer. The NYDM reviewer doubted that the National Board of Review would pass this film because of regulations, then new, which prohibited pictures of nude women. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   21 Apr 17   p. 1390.
MPN   21 Apr 17   p. 2520.
NYDM   14 Apr 17   p. 28.
Variety   26 May 17   p. 1338.
Wid's   26 Apr 17   pp. 262-63.

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