Spencer Wellington, a wealthy young man, who is threatened with paresis, will not take his physician's warning, and marries Grace Valient. Dr. Rand loves the same woman, but his ... See full summary »

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Howard C. Hickman ...
Spencer Wellington (as Howard Hickman)
George Fisher ...
Dr. John Rand
Mary Mersch ...
Grace Valiant
Nona Thomas ...
Helen Blakesley
Ida Lewis ...
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Spencer Wellington, a wealthy young man, who is threatened with paresis, will not take his physician's warning, and marries Grace Valient. Dr. Rand loves the same woman, but his professional honor will not permit him to tell her the secret about her husband. A child is born, a hopeless defective that dies almost immediately. The mother loses her mind for a time, and another child is substituted for the dead baby. In the meantime the husband keeps getting worse. Realizing that he cannot hold off the moment of his mental breakdown much longer, Wellington starts in on a fast round of debauchery. He keeps a number of dancing girls in a secret retreat on his estate, and one night falls dead in tin- middle of a wild carouse. Indications point to the union of Doctor Rand and the widow. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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15 April 1918 (USA)  »

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The theme is decidedly unpleasant
14 November 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Strong mental food is contained in "Blue Blood," a five-part Selexart picture written by J. Grubb Alexander and Fred Myton, and featuring Howard Hickman. The theme is decidedly unpleasant, and shows the effect of vicious living upon the descendants of the original transgressor. Nothing is glossed over. Little is left to the imagination. A pictorial history is shown of the afflicted man's ancestry. The line came down from a London thief who was sent to Virginia on a convict ship from which he escaped and turned pirate. The episode indicating how he contracted disease shows a drunken revel with a number of lewd women. Briefly, "Blue Blood" is along the same lines as "Damaged Goods," with a number of added spectacular features. The picture is very well produced under the direction of Eliot Howe and was photographed by Carl Widen. Howard Hickman gives a forceful impersonation of Wellington, and is capably supported by George Fisher as Dr. Rand, Mary Mersch as Grace Valient, Nona Thomas as Helen Blakeley, and Ida Lewis as Mrs. Valient. – The Moving Picture World, May 4, 1918


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