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Tony America
Director: Thomas N. Heffron (Dir)
Release Date:   6 Oct 1918
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Francis McDonald (Tony America)  
    Yvonne Paris (Rosa Picciano)  
    Rae Godfrey (Mamie Dean)  
    Dorothy Giraci (Giulia)  
    Mrs. Harry Davenport (Mrs. Picciano)  
    Harold Holland (Hans)  
    Ludwig Lowry (Angelo)  
    Dick Loreno (Vincenzio)  

Summary: Lured to the United States by a greedy padrone , a young Italian arrives in New York and dubs himself "Tony America." Hoping to make his fortune, Tony becomes a fruit peddler, but because the padrone holds him in debt for his passage to America, he remains poor. In order to brighten his difficult existence, Tony marries Rosa Picciano, his landlady's daughter, unaware that the girl merely wishes to escape her strict mother. Soon after the birth of their daughter Giulia, Tony learns that Rosa has carried on an affair with a German butcher for several years, and later, she divorces him on an unjust charge. When Tony's friends scornfully suggest that the butcher fathered his baby, he nearly kills the German, but the sight of Giulia clutching the American flag stops him. Tony's friend, Marie Dean, promises to help him regain custody of Giulia, whom he dearly loves, and in the end, the two succeed in winning her back. 

Production Company: Triangle Film Corp.  
Distribution Company: Triangle Distributing Corp.  
Director: Thomas N. Heffron (Dir)
Writer: Doris Schroeder (Scen)
  Evelyn Campbell (Story)
Photography: C. H. Wales (Cam)
Country: United States

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Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Social
 
Subjects (Major): Child custody
  Employer-employee relations
  Immigrants
  Infidelity
  Italians
  Marriage of convenience
  New York City
  Peddlers and peddling
 
Subjects (Minor): Butchers
  Debt
  Divorce
  Flags
  Fruit
  Germans
  Greed
  Landladies
  Parentage

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
MPN   19 Oct 18   p. 2591.
MPW   28 Sep 18   p. 1923.
MPW   12 Oct 18   p. 257.
MPW   19 Oct 18   p. 444.
NYDM   22 Nov 18   p. 663.
Variety   11 Oct 18   p. 44.
Wid's   6 Oct 18   p. 15.

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