On November 11, producer Thomas Ince's IDLE TONGUES was released by First National. Percy Marmont was cast as a doctor who returns to his home town and its gossip after serving jail time for stealing church funds, taking responsibility for an act committed by his wife. He believes a typhoid epidemic is caused by a pond that his late wife's brother, Judge Copeland (Claude Gillingwater), wants to use as the municipal water supply.
Only one resident, the judge's daughter Katherine (Doris Kenyon), the woman the doctor has always truly loved, supports him until biologists prove him correct. The doctor then confronts Copeland with proof that he went to prison to save his wife. Copeland allows the marriage of his daughter to the son of his enemy, and Katherine and the doctor are united.
C. Gardner Sullivan adapted the previous year's novel, Doctor Nye of North Ostable, by Joseph Crosby Lincoln, the rights to which were bought for $12,000. Lambert Hillyer directed the six reel production from July 19 to August 25, 1924. The director received $9,682, with $41,701 to the cast, $22,862 for sets, and $14,631 for prints, for a total of $176,780 with a $45,000 allowance for overhead, as I reveal in my Ince biography.
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