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The Primrose Ring
Director: Robert Leonard (Dir)
Release Date:   7 May 1917
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Mae Murray (Margaret MacLean)  
    Tom Moore (Bob MacLean)  
    Winter Hall (Dr. Ralph MacLean)  
    Little Billy Jacobs (Sandy)  
    Mayme Kelso (Miss Foote)  

Summary: Margaret MacLean, who has been saved from life in a wheelchair by the miracle of medicine, vows to devote her life to caring for crippled children. She becomes a nurse in the children's ward of Dr. MacLean's hospital, but after the beloved doctor's death, his son Bob returns home from abroad and decrees that he is closing the ward and that Margaret's little charges must leave the hospital. Furious, Margaret quits her job and storms out, with Bob in pursuit. As he rushes across the street, Bob is struck by a car and must be hospitalized. During his convalescence, he realizes that he is in love with Margaret and decides to have a home built for her and her patients. Unable to locate Margaret, Bob hires detectives, who find her and bring her to the home. There Margaret finds that all her dreams have come true as she sees her little charges happily living in their new home and gladly accepts Bob's proposal of marriage. 

Production Company: Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.  
Director: Robert Leonard (Dir)
  Ernest Traxler (Asst dir)
Writer: Marion Fairfax (Scen)
  Catharine Carr (Scen)
Photography: Charles Rosher (Cam)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the novel The Primrose Ring by Ruth Sawyer (New York, 1915).
Authors: Ruth Sawyer

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co. 2/5/1917 dd/mm/yyyy LP10699

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Genre: Drama
 
Subjects (Major): Children
  Handicapped
  Hospitals
  Nurses
  Charity
 
Subjects (Minor): Automobile accidents
  Convalescence
  Detectives
  Physicians

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   12 May 17   p. 1608.
Motog   26 May 17   p. 1118.
MPN   26 May 17   p. 3314.
MPW   10 Mar 17   p. 1572.
NYDM   12 May 17   p. 29.
Variety   11 May 17   p. 34.
Wid's   17 May 17   p. 317.

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