His Neglected Wife (1919)
Production Company: U.S. Motion Pictures Corporation. Distribution Company: Arrow Film Corporation. Director: Billy Quirk? Cast: Leatrice Joy (Susie). Writer: Rex Taylor. Transfer Note: Copied at 18 frames per second from a 35mm print preserved by George Eastman House from source material provided by the New Zealand Film Archive. Running Time: 13 minutes (silent, no music).
Before American film studios succumbed to the perpetual sunshine of Hollywood, they made movies throughout the east coast. Though New York and New Jersey were the major centers of production, Pennsylvania had a studio of its own, the U.S. Motion Pictures Corporation. Based in Forty Fort, across the Susquehanna River from the city of Wilkes-Barre, it was headed by James O. Walsh, a wealthy New Yorker who enticed local investors into building a state-of-the-art steel-and-glass studio in 1915.
A year later the USMPC signed a deal to supply Paramount Pictures with a...