~Backbone~
1923
~Cast~

Edith Roberts ...  Yvonne de Mersay / Yvonne de Chausson
Alfred Lunt ...  John Thorne / Andre de Mersay
William B. Mack ...  Anthony Bracken
Frank Evans ...  Doc Roper
Major Doyle ...  Colonel Tip
Emile La Croix ...  Andre de Mersay
Charles Fang ...  The Chinaman
Marion Abbott ...  Mrs. Whidden
Frank Hagney ...  The Indian
Sam Ryan ...  Paddy
George MacQuarrie ...  The Constable of France
William Walcott ...  Count de Chausson
Jack W. Johnston ...  Captain of the Guards
Adolph Milar ...  The Mailer
Hugh Huntley ...  King
~Plot Synopsis~
As has his family for generations, André de Mersay rules the little town of St. Croix, Maine, and its
surrounding lumber interests. While thinking of his granddaughter, Yvonne, who is returning from France,
André recalls the story of his namesake ancestor who, in the time of Louis XV of France, was cruelly
separated from his sweetheart, Yvonne de Chausson, and exiled to America. When Yvonne arrives she is
told by Anthony Bracken, de Mersay's business manager, that her grandfather is seriously ill and may see
no one. The arrival of John Thorne and his efforts to open up a tract of lumber long intended to be worked
by the de Mersays further infuriate Yvonne. After much conflict and danger to Yvonne and John, it is
revealed that de Mersay died sometime ago; that Bracken and his partner, Doc Roper, were embezzling de
Mersay funds; and that John Thorne is descended from Yvonne de Chausson. Yvonne and John are united,
thus fulfilling a promise centuries old.  

Plot Synopsis from afi.com
Directed by: Edward Sloman

Based on the short story "Backbone" by Clarence Budington Kelland in The
Saturday Evening Post (30 Sep--4 Nov 1922).
~Remaining Credits~

Produced by: Distinctive Pictures

Released by: Goldwyn Distributing Corporation

Cinematography by: Harry Fischbeck  
Art Direction by: Clark Robinson

Length: 7 Reels
Runtime: 70 Minutes
Released: April 30. 1923