Out of the Wreck (1917)

James Aldrich is a cinch to win the election as United States Senator until his opponent, Tom Ryan offers a big reward to anyone who can find a scandal in Aldrich's past. Newspaper editor ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Kathlyn Williams ... Agnes Aldrich
William Clifford ... Steve O'Brien
William Conklin William Conklin ... James Aldrich
Stella Razeto ... Ruby Sheldon
William Jefferson ... Howard Duncan (as William Winter Jefferson)
Don Bailey Don Bailey ... Tom Ryan


James Aldrich is a cinch to win the election as United States Senator until his opponent, Tom Ryan offers a big reward to anyone who can find a scandal in Aldrich's past. Newspaper editor Howard Duncan and his star reporter Ruby Sheldon accept the challenge and, after deciding that Aldrich is straight, decide to investigate his wife Agnes. Going back through the files, they discover that Agnes has been accused of murder and threaten the Aldrichs with exposure. Agnes explains her tragic story, and how she escaped from the drunken savage Steve O'Brien, whose life she had to take in order to save her own. The reporters are so moved that they decide to bury Agnes' past and the heart-breaking story only increases the love of Aldrich for his wife. Written by Pamela Short

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8 March 1917 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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It rings true more than generally speaking
21 July 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Morosco gives us a good story in "Out of the Wreck," released on the Paramount program on March 8. It is a story of politics and newspapers, of intrigue and struggle. Maud E. Corsan has written a script said to be based on an actual happening. It may well have been. It rings true more than generally speaking. More than that, it has the quality of deep interest and of real drama. Kathlyn Williams has the role of Agnes Aldrich, the wife of a successful politician, a candidate for the Senate. In the search for a vulnerable point of attack in Aldrich's candidacy it is discovered his wife has a past. The wife's frank revelation of her early sorrows provides genuine dramatic material. She is at all times the center of interest and of sympathy. Miss Williams feelingly portrays the woman against whom luck seemed always to turn in early life. William Clifford is Steve O'Brien, the friend of Agnes, who helps her in the beginning and meets death at her hands later. Mr. Clifford gives a good performance of a character that is out of the usual. When the acquaintance is formed between the two and until the time of the supposed marriage Steve is a man of honorable demeanor in suite of his fast companions. It is his singular reversion to the role of a bigamist and gutter drunkard, so completely at odds with all that had been forecast as to his character, that provides a phase of the story not altogether explicable. William Conklin is Aldrich, the candidate. It is a good role and he makes much of it, as he fills it. Stella Razeto is Ruby, the cynical newspaper woman who starts an expose and when she learns the inside of the tragedy she has uncovered has not the heart to carry it further. William Jefferson is the newspaper editor and superior of Ruby who aids and abets her. The work of these two contributes materially to the success of the story, to the drama and also to the comedy relief. "Out of the Wreck" will rank as a good picture. The production is lavish in its staging; the story contains strong contrasts of high life and low life. There is running through it a strong vein of real human interest. It bears, in fact, the earmarks of a popular subject. - The Moving Picture World, March 24, 1917

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