Cast overview:
Dr. Ephraim Nye
Judge Daniel Webster Copeland
Faith Copeland
Cyrenus Stone
Tom Stone
Vivia Ogden ...
Althea Bemis
Fanny Copeland
Ruby Lafayette ...
Miss Pepper
Henry Ward Beecher Payson
Bluey Batcheldor


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21 December 1924 (USA)  »

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Naar Loven fejler  »

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The indoor scenes were filmed in the Ince studio in California, but the outdoor scenes were filmed along a small bit of beach just north of Santa Monica. The action scenes that Percy Marmont were in were done without any stunt doubles. See more »

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31 October 2011 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

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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