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THE KEEPER OF THE BEES


PRESERVATION STATUS: A trailer of this film exists at The UCLA Film Archive.

Gene Stratton Porter Productions. Distributed by the Film Booking Offices of America. ca September 19, 1925 (Salt Lake City premiere; released October 18; copyright October 1925; LP21966). Silent; black & white. 35mm. 7 reels, 6712 ft.

Dir-Cont: James Leo Meehan. Camera: John Boyle. Asst.Dir: William Fisher.

Cast: Robert Frazer (James Lewis MacFarlane), Josef Swickard(Michael Worthington, the Bee Master), Martha Mattox(Margaret Cameron), Clara Bow (Alice Louise Cameron, "Lolly"), Alyce Mills (Molly Cameron), Gene Stratton (Jean Meredith, the "Little Scout"), Joe Coppa ("Angel Face"), Ainse Charland ("Fat Ole Bill"), Billy Osborne ("Nice Child").

Melodrama. Source: Gene Stratton Porter, "The Keeper of the Bees" (1925: Garden City, New York)

World War hero James Lewis MacFarlane, tired of being shunted from one government hospital to another for a wound that will not heal, runs away when he learns that he has but a year to live. He is befriended by The Bee Master, who is ill and soon dies. Jamie inherits half of the estate and apiary, with the other half going to "Little Scout," an 11-year-old girl who dresses as a boy. He marries a girl about to drown herself because she is to bear a child out of wedlock; his "wife" disappears immediately afterward, leaving a not signed "Alice Louise MacFarlane." With the aid of a neighbor, Margaret Cameron, Jamie soon recovers his health. He is notified that his "wife" has given birth to a son, but when he arrives at the hospital Jamie discovers another woman wearing his ring. She dies, and Molly Cameron (Mrs. Cameron's daughter), the girl he really married, appears and confesses that she married Jamie to get her sister Alice a wedding ring and a marriage certificate to protect her reputation. All ends well, and Jamie remarries Molly. (From "The American Film Institute Catalogue of Feature Films")



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