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The Sporting Duchess
Director: George Terwilliger (Dir)
Release Date:   Mar 1920
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Alice Joyce (Muriel, Duchess of Desborough)  
    Percy Marmont (Douglas, Duke of Desborough)  
    G. V. Seyffertitz (Major Roland Mostyn)  
    Edith Campbell Walker (Mrs. Delmaine)  
    Lionel Pape (Captain Cyprian Streatfield)  
    John Goldsworthy (Rupert Leigh)  
    Dan Comfort (Harold)  
    May McAvoy (Mary Aylmer)  
    Robert Agnew (Dick Hammond)  
    William Turner (Joseph Aylmer)  
    Edward Keenan (Jockey)  
    C. T. Elmer    

Summary: Coveting the Duke of Desborough's prize race horse "Clipstone," Major Roland Mostyn schemes to destroy his rival and thus obtain possession of the animal. After framing the duke's wife Muriel in a false adultery suit which results in divorce, Mostyn ruins the young duke at cards, thus forcing him to auction his horse in order to pay his debts. Muriel, heartbroken by the separation, persuades her old friend Captain Streatfield to purchase the horse and enter him in the derby. Mostyn bets all his money on his horse and attempts to fix the race but his plot is discovered and Clipstone wins the contest. After Muriel's innocence is proven, Mostyn's villainy towards the duke is finally stopped and the couple is happily reunited. 

Production Company: Vitagraph Co. of America  
Brand Name: A Vitagraph Special
Distribution Company: Vitagraph Co. of America  
Director: George Terwilliger (Dir)
Writer: Lucien Hubbard (Scen)
Photography: Joe Shelderfer (Cam)
  Charles Davis (Cam)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the play The Sporting Duchess by Augustus Harris, Cecil Raleigh, Henry Hamilton (New York, 29 Aug 1895).
Authors: Henry Hamilton
  Cecil Raleigh
  Augustus Harris

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Vitagraph Co. of America 28/2/1920 dd/mm/yyyy LP14809

Physical Properties: b&w:
  Si:

 
Genre: Melodrama
 
Subjects (Major): Divorce
  Frame-ups
  Horseracing
  Remarriage
  Rivalry
 
Subjects (Minor): Auctions
  Cardsharping
  Wagers

Note: The racing scenes in this film were shot in New Orleans, LA; Rye, NY; Stamford, CT; and various spots on Long Island, NY. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   13 Mar 20   p. 1569.
MPN   24 Jan 20   p. 1066.
MPN   7 Feb 20   p. 1423.
MPN   19 May 17   p. 1140.
MPN   13 Mar 20   p. 259.
MPW   24 Jan 20   p. 591.
MPW   31 Jan 20   p. 681.
MPW   13 Mar 20   p. 1840.
New York Morning Telegraph   7 Mar 1920.   
New York Times   1 Mar 20   p. 16.
Variety   5 Mar 20   p. 63.
Wid's   7 Mar 20   p. 2.

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