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The Crucible
Director: Edwin S. Porter (Dir)
Release Date:   14 Dec 1914
Duration (in reels):   4-5
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Cast:   Marguerite Clark (Jean Fanshaw)  
    Harold Lockwood (Craig Atwood)  
    Justina Johnstone (Amelia)  
    Lucy Parker (Mrs. Fanshaw)  
    Barbara Winthrop (Miss Van Ostyn)  
    Helen Hall (Stella Wilkes)  
    Blanche Fisher (Amy)  
    Clifford Gray (Harry)  
    Mrs. Mathilde Brundage    

Summary: Mr. Fanshaw raises his daughter Jean as a boy, much to the consternation of his prim wife and proper daughter Amelia. When he dies, Amelia persecutes her sister, and during an altercation she cuts herself on a sickle held by Jean. Amelia then tells her mother that Jean attacked her with the implement and Jean is sent to a reformatory. Jean escapes, but when she encounters artist Craig Atwood in a forest, he counsels her to return. During a riot led by Stella, a prostitute, Jean saves the matron's life and is thus granted a pardon. Amelia, recently married to a scoundrel named Harry, and Mrs. Fanshaw refuse to take Jean in. She is hounded by Stella to the point that she is on the brink of suicide when she again meets Craig. The two fall in love and, despite further adversity, Jean saves Amelia's marriage and weds Craig. 

Production Company: Famous Players Film Co.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.  
Director: Edwin S. Porter (Dir)
  Hugh Ford (Dir)
Producer: Daniel Frohman (Pres)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the novel The Crucible by Mark Lee Luther (New York, 1907).
Authors: Mark Lee Luther

Physical Properties: b&w:
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Genre: Drama
 
Subjects (Major): Battered children
  False accusations
  Family relationships
  Marriage
  Reformatories
  Suicide
  Tomboys
 
Subjects (Minor): Artists
  Escapes
  Prostitutes
  Riots

Note: The Crucible was re-issued by Paramount in 1919. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Motog   26 Dec 14   p. 915.
Motog   2 Jan 15   p. 6.
MPN   26 Dec 14   p. 45.
MPW   11 Jan 13   p. 123.
NYDM   23 Dec 14   p. 32.
Variety   25 Dec 14   p. 42.

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