The Writing on the Wall
Cast & Crew
Irving Lawrence, a wealthy slumlord, cheats on Barbara, his wife, and ignores the protests of Schuyler, his conscientious brother, who decries the deplorable condition of Irving's tenements. When Payne, Barbara's brother, shows up with Muriel, his new, beautiful wife, Irving taunts her by threatening to tell Payne about their past love affair. Barbara deduces from their many secret meetings that Irving and Muriel are intimate and accuses her husband of infidelity. In turn, Irving accuses Barbara of having an affair with his brother. During a party that Barbara and her young son Harry throw for the tenement children, a devastating fire breaks out, the danger from which is exacerbated by the rusty condition of the fire escapes. Irving, believing that Harry is still inside the burning building, rushes back inside and dies needlessly in a fire caused by his own negligence. After the tragedy, Barbara and Muriel are reconciled and Schuyler grows even closer to Barbara.
George S. Stevens
According to a news item, this film was screened for the New York City Fire Commissioner and for other city officials. Tefft Johnson constructed and then destroyed with fire two one-story buildings for this production.