Cast & Crew
Aaron King, a promising young artist, is commissioned to paint the portrait of Mrs. Taine, a wealthy woman of the world. King naïvely renders Mrs. Taine as an idealized beauty until he meets Sybil, an innocent young girl who lives next door. In the contrast between the two women, King sees Mrs. Taine as lustful and designing and so paints a new portrait of her. Discovering King's portrait of Sybil, Mrs. Taine, in a jealous rage, accuses the girl of improper relations with the artist. Ashamed, Sybil runs away to the mountains, where she is kidnapped by James Rutledge, a man who has designs on her. King locates Rutledge's hideout, and in the ensuing fight between the two men, Rutledge falls to his death. Meanwhile, Mrs. Taine has discovered the unflattering portrait that King has painted and threatens to ruin both his and Sybil's reputations. She is prevented from doing so by Conrad La Grange, a novelist who is familiar with Mrs. Taine's sordid past, and thus the two young people are free to pursue their love.
Czar, Irish Setter
W. H. Clune, theater magnate and head of Clune Film Producing Co., opened the film at his Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles on January 1, 1917 in a ten reel version. The film was released throughout 1917 to the state rights market in this version. In January 1918, Arrow Film Corp. acquired the rights to the film and released it in a seven reel version because exhibitors were not happy with long films which they could not show twice in one night. Author Harold Bell Wright assisted in the preparation of the film, according to a news item. Clune's studio was located in Hollywood; some scenes were shot in San Gabriel Canyon, CA. Inspiration Pictures made a film based on the same source which United Artists released in 1930; it starred Una Merkel and was directed by Henry King. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.1595.)