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Washington, D.C. "Sidney Lust -- Leader Theater." Circa 1920, a "de luxe showing" of the "The Spoilers," a 1914 melodrama based on Rex Beach's novel of corruption in the Alaska gold fields. The movie was remade in 1923 -- and again in 1930, 1942 and 1955. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.