Sold at Auction (1917)

To remove forever anything that will remind him of his dream of happiness, shattered by his wife's infidelity, Stanley sends his infant daughter, Nan, to be cared for by a woman named ... See full summary »

Director:

Sherwood MacDonald

Writer:

Daniel F. Whitcomb (scenario) (as Daniel Whitcomb)
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Cast

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Lois Meredith ... Nan
William Conklin William Conklin ... Richard Stanley
Marguerite Nichols Marguerite Nichols ... Helen
Frank Mayo ... Hal Norris
Charles Dudley ... William Raynor
Lucy Blake Lucy Blake ... Raynor's Sister
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To remove forever anything that will remind him of his dream of happiness, shattered by his wife's infidelity, Stanley sends his infant daughter, Nan, to be cared for by a woman named Hopkins, sending money regularly for her support but never going to see her. Nan is treated as a slave, receiving none of the money intended for her. Then comes her first real happiness in the sincere love of Hal, a young reporter. Fearing to lose her, Mrs. Hopkins tells her there is mulatto blood in her veins. Crushed by the lie, Nan flees from the only home she has ever known. Ignorant of the world, she is carried by the tide of events unknowingly into what is termed a matrimonial agency, but which in reality is something worse. Then comes the big situation. Nan is placed at auction and her own father bids for her against other millionaires. As he outbids them all, Hal, who has traced her, enters, just in time to reveal to the father that Nan is his own daughter. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Birds of Prey See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The subject is unpleasant in spite of its dramatic value
2 February 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The troubles of the heroine in "Sold at Auction," a five-reel photoplay produced for Pathé by the Horkheimers, are sufficient to crush an ordinary woman completely. Her father discovers the infidelity of the child's mother and gives the little girl over to the care of others. She is brought up as a servant, told at eighteen that she has mulatto blood in her veins, and falls into the hands of a female white slaver who puts her up at auction, her own father outbidding the rest of the men. He learns the truth in time, and the unfortunate girl sees a prospect of happiness with a young reporter that has fallen in love with her. There is very little that is uplifting in such a story. The auction episode has not been made unduly offensive, and the producers have treated the entire drama with restraint, but the subject is unpleasant in spite of its dramatic value. Lois Meredith is appealing as the badly treated Nan, and William Conklin carries out the author's conception of her contemptible father. Frank Mayo, Marguerite Nichols, Charles Dudley and Lucy Blake round out a competent cast. – The Moving Picture World, February 10, 1917


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