Common Clay


1919

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 2, 1919
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Astra Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Pathé Exchange, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Common Clay by Cleves Kinkead (New York, 26 Aug 1915).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
7 reels reels

Synopsis

When department store clerk Ellen Neal grows dissatisfied with her job, her friend Jennie Peters convinces her to visit a cabaret, where she becomes an innocent victim of a police raid. After spending the night in jail and resolving to lead a better life, Ellen obtains a position as maid in the wealthy Fullerton home, where she falls in love with the son, Hugh. After Hugh leaves for war service, Ellen gives birth to his baby. She appeals to the Fullertons for help, but they bring the case to family friend Judge Filson. It is disclosed that Ellen is actually the illegitimate daughter of the judge himself and a woman who committed suicide after her baby was born. The judge accepts Ellen as his daughter. When Hugh returns home from the war, he falls in love anew with Ellen, despite his parents' protests, and the couple are married.

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 2, 1919
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Astra Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Pathé Exchange, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Common Clay by Cleves Kinkead (New York, 26 Aug 1915).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
7 reels reels

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Notes

A. H. Woods also presented the New York production of the stage play, which opened on August 26, 1915 and won the "Harvard prize." The film was remade in 1930 for Fox by Victor Fleming and in 1936 by Roy Del Ruth. The 1930 film starred Constance Bennett, and the 1936, Robert Taylor and Loretta Young.