Social Briars

Social Briars is considered to be a lost film.

Lantern Slide For Mary Miles Minter In Social Briars

U.S.A. Release: May 13, 1918

Produced by: American Film Corporation
Distributed by: Mutual Film Corporation
Directed by: Henry King
Scenario by: Edward Sloman based on a story by Jeanne Judson
Cinematography by: Ira H. Morgan

Black & White
Five Reels
Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format

Mary Miles Minter as Iris Lee
Allan Forrest as Jack Andrews
Anne Schaefer as Martha Kane
Edmund Cobb as Jim Kane
George Periolat as Peter Andrews
Claire Du Brey as Helen Manning
Milla Davenport as Mrs. Brown
Jacob Abrams as Mr. Brown
Jacob Abrams as Mr. Brown

Mary plays Iris Lee, an orphan who is reared by her deceased mother's best friend, Martha Kane. As Iris grows into a lovely young woman, Martha's son, Jim Kane, starts taking a fancy to her which she rejects. Martha resents it and starts treating Iris poorly. Iris responds by eventually leaving the small town to get away from them.

Hitching a ride to the big city, Iris is picked up by Jack Andrews. He decides to get a little fresh, so she hops out and walks the rest of the way. She is soon part of a church choir and her voice is such that she is soon discovered by Peter Andrews... who by coincidence is the father of the young rascal in the car. With his urging, she becomes the student of Helen Manning, the opera star, for voice training. When Manning is fired by the opera, Iris takes her place in the lead role.

On opening night, Jack Andrews bursts into her dressing room in a drunken stupor. Iris decides the adventure is too much to handle and heads back to the Kane household. Reformed, Jack follows to convince her that he has changed his ways. The film concludes as she finally agrees to his marriage proposal.


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