~The Auction Block~
1917
~Plot Synopsis~
Rex Beach's labyrinthine novel The Auction Block was first brought to the screen in 1917. The story
involves a millionaire's son who proves his mettle by opening his own shoe store. The boy's life is
complicated by his estranged wife and by a gold-digging temptress. The story transports its
characters from the sleepy South to the sinful Big City and back again. The best performance is
delivered by Alec B. Francis, as the heartbroken millionaire who holds out hope that his son will
eventually prove himself to be a "right guy." A costlier film version of The Auction Block, starring
Charles Ray, would emerge from MGM in 1926.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
Directed by: Laurence Trimble

Written by: Adrian Gil-Spear
~Cast~

Rubye De Remer ...  Lorelei Knight
Florence Deshon ...  Lilas Lynn
Dorothy Wheeler ...  Mrs. Peter Knight
Florence Johns ...  Adoree Demorest
Tom Powers ...  Bob Wharton
Walter Hitchcock ...  Jarvis Hammon
Ned Burton ...  Hannibal Wharton
Charles Graham ...  Max Melcher
George Cooper ...  Jimmy Knight
Alec B. Francis ...  John Merkle
Francis Joyner ...  Campbell Pope
Bernard Randall ...  Noble Bergman
Peter Lang ...  Peter Knight
John De Lacey ...  (uncredited)
..
~Remaining Credits~

Produced by: Rex Beach Pictures Company
Released by: Goldwyn Distributing Company

Cinematography by: David Calcagni

Length: 7 Reels
Runtime: 70 Minutes (approximately)
Released: December 2, 1917