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13 August 1916 (USA) See more »
Wynne Mortimer, a pampered society girl and daughter of William Mortimer, a prominent business man, chances to meet David White... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Tully Marshall ... John Minturn

Norma Talmadge ... Renee Duprez

Marguerite Marsh ... Patricia Devon
F.A. Turner ... Marshall Devon
Howard Gaye ... Sir Gordon Galloway
John E. Brennan ... Fritz
Paul Le Blanc ... Buck
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Monte Blue ... Bartender (uncredited)
William Courtright ... Old Farmer (uncredited)

Directed by
Chester Withey 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roy Somerville 
Chester Withey 

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59 min
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The film survives in the Library of Congress.See more »


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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Early warning of drug addiction, 17 June 2011
Author: bbmtwist from United States

Only a fragment is available on DVD - 9 minutes worth of a badly decomposing reel. This features Norma as the wife of an artist, who when frustrated, resorts to heroin to calm her nerves. She recommends it for her uptight husband, played by Tully Marshall. Soon he is addicted, hallucinating and forcing himself upon her with the needle to induce a mutual experience (she protests as it is only a recreational drug for her). He runs off in a state of madness.

A complete print exists at the Library of Congress - 35 mm - 5 reels. Original running time is 59 minutes.

More information about this and all films of Norma Talmadge, both extant and lost, can be found online at Stanford University's Greta DeGroat web site, devoted to Norma.

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