Life


1920

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 1920
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
William A. Brady
Distribution Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Life by Thompson Buchanan (New York, 24 Oct 1914).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
5 reels

Synopsis

After finishing college at the head of his class, Bill Reid is given a position at the bank of William Stuyvesant, whose daughter Ruth he loves. Ralph Stuyvesant, the banker's son, is in love with vamp Grace Andrews and is supporting her in luxury. To meet Grace's extravagant demands, Ralph forges his father's name to a check, but suspicion for the crime is thrown on Reid by Tom Burnett, who wants to marry Ruth for her money. At a ball thrown by Stuyvesant, the banker is murdered by Burnett when the former accuses him of theft. Burnett and Ralph again contrive to throw the blame on Reid, who is convicted of the murder on circumstantial evidence and sentenced to death. Through Ruth's tireless efforts and the assistance of the chief of detectives, Reid escapes and the real criminals are brought to justice.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 1920
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
William A. Brady
Distribution Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Life by Thompson Buchanan (New York, 24 Oct 1914).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
5 reels

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Notes

William A Brady, who produced the play and the film, wrote the original story on which the play was based. The film was produced at the Peerless Studios in Fort Lee, NJ. It had its premiere in Stamford, CT in October 1920, and was not distributed nationally until Famous Players-Lasky Corp. released it in 1921. According to a modern source, Brady fired the film's director near the end of the production and asked twenty-one-year-old Humphrey Bogart, a family friend of the Bradys who was working as Brady's office boy, to finish the film as director. Bogart was unable to master the job, according to the modern source, and Brady was forced to finish directing the film himself.