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Love or Justice? [The Woman of It]

00:00: Introduction by Bryan Burns, Preservation Officer, Moving Image Department, George Eastman Museum
02:38: Love or Justice?

Love or Justice? [The Woman of It] (US 1917)
Director: Walter Edwards
Cast: Louise Glaum (Nan Bishop), Jack Richardson (Paul Keeley), Charles Gunn (Jack Dunn), J. Barney Sherry (Winthrope Haines), Dorcas Matthews (Phyllis Geary), Charles K. French (Judge Geary), Louis Dirham (Lieutenant Dillon), Jack (John) Gilbert (Benny)
Scenario: Lambert Hillyer
Cinematography: Chester A. Lyons
Supervision: Thomas H. Ince
Production company: New York Motion Picture Corp., Kay-Bee Pictures
Distribution company: Triangle Film Corporation [Kay-Bee]

Release date: 10 June 1917
Sound: silent
Color: replication of original tinting using Desmet color injection
Original length (in feet): 4,563 ft.
Surviving length (in feet): 4,304 ft.
Length (in reels): 5
Running time: 63 min.
Frame rate: 18 fps

Generous support for the video introduction provided by Art Bridges

Preserved at Cinema Arts Laboratory
Digitized by Eastman Museum Film Preservation Services
Funded by the National Film Preservation Foundation and the Rohauer Collection Foundation

This film has been made accessible to the public in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: NEH CARES. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this video, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities

More than 100 years ago, the pioneers of cinema recognized that the fodder for film scenarios could be ripped from the daily newspaper headlines. Many of those stories reflected the social ills of the time, which are unfortunately still prevalent. Hard core stories of crime and drugs were topical and commercially popular in 1917 and remain so today. Producer Thomas Ince, operating under the New York Motion Picture Corp. / Kay-Bee / Triangle banner, enlisted journalist Lambert Hillyer to write the scenario for Love or Justice? New to the motion picture business, Hillyer brought a grittiness to what was only his third screen scenario. This contemporary drama features a protagonist whose career as a promising young attorney is derailed through his use of drugs. Love or Justice? features a pool of actors who would share screen time together in a number of Ince productions. Louise Glaum’s career packed 128 screen credits into a 13-year span, culminating in her greatest fame as a screen vamp who rivaled Theda Bara. She would work again very shortly with Jack Richardson whose 43-year career contained 561 screen credits. Charles Gunn’s promising career as a leading man was tragically cut short with his untimely death in 1918 from the influenza pandemic. Love or Justice? provides one of the earliest screen credits of young Jack Gilbert (playing the role of Benny), later known and admired by millions of fans as the dashing John Gilbert in The Big Parade (1925). Other cast members J. Barney Sherry, Dorcas Matthews, Charles K. French, and Louis Durham were also members of this screen repertory company sharing various film credits during a few hectic years with Ince and Kay-Bee productions.