This brochure, similar to an American press book, was intended for British theatre owners who might book the film. It includes a detailed plot, suggestions for musical accompaniment, publicity phrases, and information on where to book the film. Note that the brochure is for 1918, nearly two years after the film premiered in the United States.
I typed all this up when i had less web space. I've now made a PDF of this item and put it in the Internet Archive
|Cover (9 3/4" x 15", image is somewhat cropped at the bottom with no loss of text)|
|Title page and facing page (images are a little cropped at top and bottom)|
This is the story of a woman's heart and its brave fight to be true to Love, and yet not false to the world's ideals of marriage. Between evil and true love, between the hollow nothings of life and the things that make life worth living, and even between the sacrament of marriage and the common law--choice after choice was forced upon her, and though she was often in danger she never failed, but in the end won her life's battle.
When her invalid mother died, Valerie West had to find employment. But although she was intelligent and well educated--her mother, a gifted woman, had taught her carefully--her attempts to find work were at first fruitless. She obtained an introduction to a theatrical manager, but quickly discovered that she could not hope to succeed as a chorus girl and retain her self-respect.
Disgusted with her experience, she sought work as an artist's model. Fortunately for Valerie, her first application was to Louis Neveille, a celebrated mural painter. Neville saw in Valerie the ideal model fo his great decoration, and engaged her at once. Thinking her a professional model, he showed her to a dressing-room with the curt command, "undress." Valerie sank into a chair and hid her burning face in he hands. At last she summoned all her courage and prepared for her first sitting. She found Neville all gentleness and courtesy, and when she nearly fainted from her unaccustomed effort, and confessed that she had never posed before, he flung a wrapper around her, led her to a chair and gave he tea.
Neville's parents and friends soon found themselves neglected. Inspired by his beautiful model he was absorbed in his work, and Stephanie Swift, between whom and Neville there was supposed to be an "understanding," looked for a letter from him in vain.
Valerie's loveliness quickly made her famous, and she posed for many advertising companies. José Querida paid her marked attention and wished to engage her, but she refused to pose undraped for any artist but Neville.
|After the first sitting--Valerie has tea in Neville's studio
Although no word of love had yet passed between them, Valerie and Neville were sure of each other's love and were supremely happy. But Querida noticed the growing intimacy and became fiercely jealous. He told Stephanie that Neville was losing his head over his new model, and Stephanie went to Valerie, and pleaded with her to give Neville up. When she said that if he marrid a model his career would be ruined, Valerie, broken-hearted, promised that she would never marry him.
To try to forget Neville, Valerie plunged into the gaities of upper Bohemian life in New York. On New Year's Eve she was the centre of attraction at one of the merriest tables in a fashionable restaurant. Neville, at another table, watched her jealously, then abruptly rose and left the restaurant. That was more than Valerie could bear. She hurried after Neville, and went with him to his studio. They could no longer resist the love in their hearts. He was about to take her in his arms when Querida appeared, and demanded that Valerie should return with him. She refused, and said that Neville was the man she loved. When Querida had gone, Neville asked Valerie to marry him. She was going to give a happy assent when she remembered her promise to Stephanie. She told Neville that she could not marry him, if she did it would mean disruption with his family, but that on the first of June she would come to him--under "the common law."
|"Do not mention her name in my house!"
When Valerie told her friend Rita--another model with whom she shared the apartment--of her promise to Neville, Rita tried to persuade her not to keep it, and told her the story of her own life. Her fother was a lodge-keeper on Querida's estate. Querida had won her love, but after the death of their child,he had deserted her.
The sad story sobered Valerie, and she promised to stay with Rita in the country and try to forget Neville.
Neville, too, whent to the country to ask his parents not to oppose his marriage to Valerie. But his father forbade him to mention her name, and his mother implored him not to bring disgrace on them by such a marriage.
When Valerie, walking alone in the woods, met Querida, who was at his country house for a rest, the sight of her aroused his old mad passion, and he tried to embrace her. There was a furious struggle, but Valerie managed to lash Querida across the face with her dog whip, and ran away through the woods. But she missed her way, and in the darkness came on she was exhausted and hopelessly lost. At last she reached a house and was just able to ring the bell before she collapsed. It was Neville's home, and Valerie was taken in and tenderly cared for.
|"I will come to you on the 1st of June--under the Common Law."
Next morning Valerie left a note thanking them all for their kindness, and slipped quietly from the house. The Nevilles were genuinely sorry, for the firl's charm and refinement had won their hearts. Stephanie showed Neville the note, and he followed Valerie to the city.
Querida called on Valerie to apologise for his condusct, and to ask her once more to marry him. When she refused, he again tried to use force to make her consent. She resisted, he stumbled against the low window-sill, and fell through the open window.
When Neville came, bent on vengeance, he found Querida dying. His spine was injured, and it was a matter of minutes. But before he died he asked and obtained their forgiveness. And more than that, he warned them with his dying beath against life together under the Common Law.
The night came. In his studio, trembling between hope and deadly fear sat Neville--alone--waiting. The hour came, but not Valerie. And then, when he had almost despaired, when his heart was about to break, suddenly she appeared before him, and brought with her a message of forgiveness and welcome from Stephanie and from his parents. The Common Law was forgotten. She was to be his wife in holy marriage.
|Film Action or Screen Title||Character of Piece||Suitable Music||Publisher|
|Title--Valerie West||Rol., melodious (not long)||Dusk. Baines||Swan|
|Title--Louis Neville||Interm. (not too jolly)||Brimelles. Hicks||Liberte Musicale|
|When girl enters studio, or Title--Haven't I told you||Rom. (slightly exciting)||L'Appel d'amour. Rigaud||Hammond|
|Change when seeing painter's studio, directly after Valerie with fellow at writing desk||Lively Interm.||Intermezzo. Sudessi||Lafleur|
|Quick change when Valerie enters room and lights lamp||Romance, pleasing||Land of Dreams. Driffell||Lafleur|
|Title--The Nevilles||Rom. (not heavy but semi-light)||Fruhlingslied. Atherton||Fischer-Schott|
|Quick change when train arrives||Light interm.||Idyll. Calamani||Ascherberg|
|Quick change when Valerie at writing desk||Rom., with slight excitement||Love's Pleading. Steane||Schott|
|Garden scene||Light interm.||Lunita. Loraine||Witmark|
|Quick change to Theatre entrance||Light interm. (long scene)||Lassie. McLeon||Hawkes|
|Scene on stage after two Directors enter office||6/8 Dance (keep down when office scenes)||Piazza del popolo. Frederiksen||Cary|
|When Valerie enters Directors' office||Dramatic rom. (very long scene)||Meditation. Jeanjean||Lafleur|
|Quick change to Neville's studio, after Valerie left office||Rom. (not too slow, very long)||Au temps jadis de Leva||Ascherberg|
|When Neville by girl, or at title--Didn't you see||Slow rom. (dramatic, long scene)||Nocturne. Edw. German||Novello|
|Title--Absorbed in his work||Dramatic rom.||Poeme. Franceshi||Lafleur|
|Quick change when girl writing name on photo||Rom., rather tuneful||Plaisir d'amour. Martini||Liberte Musicale|
|Quick change to painters in studio, or Title--What has become of Neville?||Light interm.||On l'aime toujours. Krier||Lafleur|
|Quick change to garden scene||Light interm.||In Poppyland. Friedman||Witmark|
|Quick change to party||Waltz (short scene)||Valse Paintive. Szulc||Ascherberg|
|When girl starts dancing||2/4 Oriental dance. Keep down when dancer not seen.||Kismet. Markey||Hawkes|
|Title--Next Morning||Sweet romance||Portrait charmant. Tonyls||Liberte Musicale|
|Quick change to Restaurant||Valse Lente||Oanto [sic?] si bella. Bonincontro||Lafleur|
|Title--Querida replies in person||Rom., slightly exciting||Day Dreams. Wood||Hawkes|
|Neville in bathroom||Interm., not too lively||Stolen mements. Friedman||Feldman|
|When girl enters studio, or Title--I was in town shopping||Melodious romance||Serenade. Leoncavallo||Cary|
|Valerie on bed, reads letter
at title--I love him too
When Neville seen in his room
Same, slightly excited
Same, first tempo
|Declaration d'amour. Telma||Larway|
|Title--New Year's Eve||Slow tuneful rom. (very short)||Dream Castles. Hope||Elkin|
|When friends enter studio||Very lively music (noisy)||No. 3 Norwegian Suite. Schytte||Schirmer-Lafleur|
|When girls on stage starts dancing||Two-step or Cake Walk.||On the Mississippi. Markey||Feldman|
|Quick change when clock seen 5 to 12||Slow rom. (short scene)||Berceuse. Lefevre||Lafleur|
|Quick change back in Restaurant||Very lively dance (noisy)||Selection--Little Miss Ragtime.||Star Music Co.|
|Few bars of same music|
|Valerie and Neville enter studio||Melodious romance||Le Reve.Golterman||Fischer-Schott|
|When Querida knocks at door
At Title--This is the man I love
|Rom., with excitement
Same, slow down (long scene)
|Romance in F. Tsckaikowsky [sic]||Schirmer-Lafleur|
|Quick change to other girl's room||Tuneful rom. (short scene)||Souvenir de jeunesses. Tonyls||Liberte Musicale|
|Title--Now I'll tell you why I hate Querida||Light interm.||Summer Idyll. Newnes||Ascherberg|
|Back to room, scene after Querida kisses girl||Rom., slightly exciting (short)||Souvenir d'automne. Rudd||Aschenbert|
|Title--May||Rom., ordinary, later exciting (long scene)||Notto d'Incanto. Cerri||Ricordi|
|When girl enters room||Dramatic rom. (short scene)||Premier Sermant. Rabey||Marchetti|
|When train enters station||Interm., not too lively, keep down when Neville and mother seen||Sereenade. Cajani||Schirmer-Lafleur|
|Valerie seen in woods||6/8 Pastorale interm.||Pastorale. Mathe||Liberte Musicale|
|When Querida attacks Valerie||Romance, very exciting, almost hurry||Le long du chemin. Fauchey||Lafleur|
|Title--The evening prayer||Slow rom., later dramatic||Preghiera. Malhendorff||Williams-Swann|
|When Valerie found at door||Rom., exciting (very long scene)||Pres de la Source. Candiolo||Lafleur|
|When Valerie wakes up, or Neville at Querida's house||Rom., exciting, later slow down (very long scene)||Duo from Suite--Romeo et Juliette. Gounod||Choudens Books|
|Querida arrives home||Rom., serious, dramatic||Dramatica. Gracey||Lafleur|
|When Stephanie finds Valerie gone||Rom., slightly exciting||Fleur d'azur. Daniello||Marchetti|
|Title--New York||Same, slow down|
|Querida enters Valerie's room||Same, slightly exciting|
|Querida attacks Valerie||Overture or rom., with gr. exc.||Overture Calypso. Brand.||John Church Co.|
|Title--His spine is injured||Rom., dramatic, slow.||Reverie. Volpatti||Gaudet-Lafleur|
|Quick change to other room after Querida dies||Sweet melodious rom.||Sous la feuille. Thome||Lafleur|
|When Valerie enters Neville's studio||Simple rom. or song (short scene)||Refrain from Song "You, just You." Thompson||Enoch|
Each Selected Masterpiece is guaranteed to do that. Each one is chosen by the Western Import Company because it will do that. But remember, that the best picture poorly presented will not do half what it would with proper presentation.
These phrases might be useful for hand bills:
Sentences for your programmes, house organs, etc.:
The cast is:
|Clara Kimball Young||as Valerie West.|
|Conway Tearle||" Louis Neville.|
|Paul Capellani||" Jose Querida.|
|Edna Hunter||" Rita.|
|Lillan Cook||" Stephanie Swift|
|Julia Stewart||" Mrs. Neville.|
|Edward H. Kimball [sic]||" Mr. Neville.|
|Lydia Knott||" Mrs. West.|
|D.J. Flanagan||" Dr. Ogilvy.|
Posters: 4-sheets, two designs, at 2/- each.
Slides: Artistic and attractively-worded advance slides, 1/- each.
|Inside and outside of back cover (images are a little cropped at top and bottom)|
Last revised, June 3, 2016