Released 12/6/14 by Universal/Rex; Director: Joseph De Grasse; Screenplay: Tom Forman; 2 reels; Print Source: The Museum of Modern Art
CAST: Pauline Bush (Agnes Duane, The Woman), Lon Chaney (Fred Brown, The Lion), Millard K. Wilson (Bert Brown, The Fox), William C. Dowlan (Rev. Hugh Baxton, The Man), Gus Inglis (Rev. Percival Higginbotham, The Lamb)
SYNOPSIS: Agnes returns to her New England home from college only to learn that her parents have chosen an effeminate minister for her husband. She laughs at their poor choice, and to cure her of her apparent crudeness, she is sent to her uncle's home in the Kentucky mountains. There she meets two strange brothers who fall in love with her. The younger, cunning brother tries to force himself on her, but is stopped by the larger brother. She later flees from both men and meets the Rev. Hugh Baxton, a true man, and surrenders himself completely to him.
"Pauline Bush, Lon Chaney and Millard K. Wilson are well cast. The director has fitted the remote past with the present in a fine way, and the two reels are always entertaining." -- Motion Picture News
"This has been done frequently in about the same way. It always possesses a certain amount of interest. This is handled with a fair degree of strength." --Moving Picture World
NOTES:A nitrate print was uncovered by film collector Bob Geoghegan and his Archive Film Agency in the UK in 2007. The nitrate was loaned to the Museum of Modern Art who made a dupe negative and a release print in 2008. The first public screening was at Cinecon in September, 2017. Though the film was originally released at 2 reels, what survives appears to be a 1-reel cutdown, with most of the opening footage removed, leaving the story to begin in the Kentucky mountains. The story includes flashback sequences to caveman times, with the characters shown as primitive men, fighting over who will be the girl's mate
The following news item appeared at the time showing the cast for The Lion, the Lamb and the Man and An Idyll of the Hills.
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