Cast & Crew
Successful businessman Fred Worthington becomes disgusted with life in New York City and retires to the country for fresh air and tranquility. There he meets and weds "Maddie" Irwin, a country girl. Maddie, bored with life in her little village, anticipates an exciting life with her big-city husband and is bitterly disappointed when he presents her with a charming country estate as a wedding present. Hoping that a trip to New York will cure Maddie of her craving for city life, Fred takes her there and throws a wild dinner party. When this plan fails, he leaves her. On her own, Maddie tours the cabarets and opium dens of Chinatown, where she is assaulted by a bearded stranger. Her old country sweetheart, who has been trailing her throughout the city, shoots the culprit, after which Maddie's one desire is to return to the safety of her husband and the country. Fred removes his disguise, bandages his arm, and returns to the estate in time to welcome his unsuspecting and repentant wife.
This film was produced in 1918 under the title The Forbidden Box. An early production article lists Kate Toncray in the cast. One source credits Fred Goodwins as co-director. A play also entitled Forbidden, by Dorothy Donnelly, opened in New York on December 20, 1919. Although some news items state that the film and the play were based on the same novel by E. V. Durling, the plots of the film and play are vastly different from each other, and no evidence concerning the existence of a novel by Durling has been located.