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A Society Exile
Director: George Fitzmaurice (Dir)
Release Date:   17 Aug 1919
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Elsie Ferguson (Nora Shard, later known as, Christine)  
    William P. Carleton (Sir Ralph Newell)  
    Warburton Gamble (Lord Bissett)  
    Julia Dean (Lady Doris Furnival)  
    Henry Stephenson (Sir Howard Furnival)  
    Zeffie Tilbury (Mrs. Stanley Shelby)  
    Bijou Fernandez (Lady Carnforth)  
    Alexander Kyle (Lord Carnforth)  

Summary: American heiress Nora Shard is in England working on a dramatization of her novel with playwright Sir Howard Furnival, but their collaboration is kept a secret from Furnival's jealous wife Lady Doris. While visiting Lady Carnforth, Nora refuses her hostess' worthless brother Lord Bissett, and out of revenge, Bissett convinces Lady Furnival that Nora is her husband's mistress. Lady Furnival kills Sir Howard and then takes her own life. Nora is ostracized and under an assumed name goes to Venice where she meets Sir Ralph Newell, Lady Furnival's brother who is recuperating from a war wound. After Nora and Sir Ralph fall in love, Nora writes him a letter explaining her part in the tragedy, but he never receives it. They wed and return to England where Lord Bissett tells Sir Ralph that he has married the guilty Nora Shard. They separate and Nora flees to Italy where she gives birth to a son. Sir Ralph later forces the truth from Bissett and Nora becomes reconciled with her husband. 

Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.  
Distribution Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.; Artcraft Pictures  
Director: George Fitzmaurice (Dir)
  William J. Scully (Asst dir)
Producer: Adolph Zukor (Pres)
Writer: Ouida Bergère (Scen)
Photography: Arthur Miller (Cam)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the play We Can't Be As Bad As All That by Henry Arthur Jones (New York, 30 Dec 1910).
Authors: Henry Arthur Jones

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp. 10/8/1919 dd/mm/yyyy LP14054

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Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Society
 
Subjects (Major): Americans in foreign countries
  England
  Jealousy
  Marriage
  Nobility
  Ostracism
  Rumors
  Separation (Marital)
 
Subjects (Minor): Heiresses
  Italy
  Murder
  Novelists
  Playwrights
  Revenge
  Suicide
  Venice (Italy)
  War injuries

Note: Reviews credit William P. Carleton with acting in this film, while the 1921 MPSD gives credit to William T. Carleton. According to modern sources, William Cameron Menzies was the art director. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   30 Aug 19   p. 1077.
MPN   30 Aug 19   p. 1867.
MPW   23 Aug 19   p. 1050.
MPW   15 Jun 18   p. 1618.
New York Times   18 Aug 19   p. 9.
Wid's   24 Aug 19   p. 5.

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