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A young author is so overjoyed at selling her first book that she unknowingly signs over all her rights to the greedy publisher. Later, after the book becomes a best-seller, the publisher's nephew (who has fallen in love with her) tries to help her get her rights back. Written by Anonymous

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A Bluebird Production. Unlike many other major studios, Universal did not own a theater network and devised a 3-tiered branding system to sell its product to independent theater owners: Red Feather (low-budget programmers), Bluebird (mainstream releases) and Jewel (prestige pictures designed to draw higher roadshow ticket prices). This branding system would cease by late 1929. See more »

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Survives Incomplete
27 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

John Meeson ( C. Norman Hammond ) a stingy publisher, has acquired the copyright to a book by Alice Gordon ( Louise Lovely ) for a small sum, which she is forced to accept because she desperately needs money to care for her invalid sister. When the book becomes a best-seller, Alice tries to get more money from Meeson. Meeson tells Alice that not only this work, but all future works belong to the company at the agreed upon price, as specified in the contract. Alice bursts into tears, and Meeson's nephew Eustace ( Jay Belasco), who arrives during the meeting, berates his uncle for his cruel treatment. Meeson is furious that Eustace defied him, and rewrites his will to disinherit him. Alice returns home to find her sister has died. Eustace visits Alice and learns of her sister's death, but when he returns a month later, he finds that Alice has left the country. Alice has taken a steamer to Australia and, coincidentally, Meeson is traveling on the same boat. Alice is befriended by Lady Holmhurst ( Gretchen Lederer ), who learns that Alice is the author of that highly acclaimed book the social set is all reading. During the voyage the ship is wrecked, and everyone scrambles for life boats. Alice saves Lady Holmhurst's son, Dicky, while Meeson tries to buy a place in one of the lifeboats. Meeson dives into the ocean and Alice persuades the sailors to save him. The boat lands on a desert island and Meeson is taken ill. He expresses a desire to rewrite his will, leaving his estate to his nephew, but has nothing to write with. Alice has Jimmie, one of the sailors, tattoo Meeson's will on her back before he dies. The sailors gamble away their winnings, then gamble for possession of Alice, but in a fight they all fall off a cliff and are killed. Alice and Dicky are rescued by a passing steamer and arrive in Liverpool. Alice goes to court to display Meeson's final will and Eustace receives his inheritance. Eustace proposes marriage, and they settle in the old Meeson home.

"Louise Lovely appears as the heroine and it is on her back that the important will is inscribed...Lon Chaney in a comedy role is excellent, while the supporting cast is capable to a satisfactory degree." ---Motion Picture News

A copy of this 1916 drama, produced by the Universal Film Manufacturing Company survives incomplete.


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