The Land of Promise


1917

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 10, 1917
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Famous Players Film Co.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures Corp.; Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Land of Promise by W. Somerset Maugham (New York, 25 Dec 1913).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
5 reels

Synopsis

In England, Nora Marsh endures ten years of caring for crabby, rich Miss Wickham, while planning to use her promised inheritance for travel and clothes. When Miss Wickham dies unexpectedly, her ten-year-old will provides nothing for Nora. Nora goes to her brother Edward's farm in Manitoba, where she toils and quarrels with her sister-in-law Gertie, a former waitress, whose hard work helped make the farm succeed. Gertie's jealousy of Edward's attention to Nora, makes Nora so unhappy that when hired hand Frank Taylor, who earlier lost his crop and has since saved enough to farm again, plans to get a wife at the employment agency to cook and clean, Nora offers herself if they marry "in name only." After six months, Frank's sexual frustration leads him to rape Nora. The next morning, Edward arrives with a large check from Miss Wickham's relatives. Just then, a farm inspector condemns Frank's crops in order to stop the spread of weed pests. When, a now remorseful Frank, offers to let Nora go but states that were he successful, he would keep her, she decides to stay.

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 10, 1917
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Famous Players Film Co.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures Corp.; Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Land of Promise by W. Somerset Maugham (New York, 25 Dec 1913).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
5 reels

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Notes

Billie Burke starred in the stage production. Beulah Marie Dix wrote an early treatment of the story. Paramount Pictures released a later version based on the same source, entitled The Canadian, on November 27, 1926. William Beaudine directed, and Thomas Meighan played "Frank Taylor" again, while Mona Palma played "Nora." (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0759.)