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HISTORY

George P. Dillenback originally sold this story to the Vitagraph Co. as a one-part drama. Edith Storey designed her ballet costume for the film. According to some reviews, the character played by Harry T. Morey is called "M. Henri Langdon," and the character played by Ethel Corcoran is "Mlle. Blanche Mournier." The film opened at the Vitagraph Theatre in New York on 23 May ... More Less

George P. Dillenback originally sold this story to the Vitagraph Co. as a one-part drama. Edith Storey designed her ballet costume for the film. According to some reviews, the character played by Harry T. Morey is called "M. Henri Langdon," and the character played by Ethel Corcoran is "Mlle. Blanche Mournier." The film opened at the Vitagraph Theatre in New York on 23 May 1915. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
25 Dec 15
pp. 1342-43.
MPN
25 Dec 15
p. 127.
MPW
5 Jun 15
pp. 1625-26.
MPW
2 Oct 15
p. 129.
NYDM
26 May 15
p. 28.
NYDM
18 Dec 15
p. 30.
Variety
4 Jun 15
p. 18.
Variety
31 Dec 15
p. 25.
VLP
Dec 15
p. 50.
DETAILS
Release Date:
13 December 1915
Copyright Claimant:
The Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
2 June 1915
Copyright Number:
LP5440
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jean de Segni, a reckless-spending Duke's son, becomes infatuated with ballet dancer Dorothea Jardeau, as does Jean's middle-aged companion, Henri Landon. After Dorothea invites them to a party, Jean's ill father, who is disgraced by newspaper accounts that Jean has lost his fortune gambling and philandering, argues with Jean to reform. After drinking at his club, Jean returns to sleep. At Dorothea's party, she rebukes him for being broke and takes up with Landon. Jean returns home to find that his father stabbed his mother, who idolized Jean, so that she would not be hurt because of Jean, and that the Duke himself is dying from shock. After the Duke confesses and dies, Jean's friends scorn him. When Landon implies that the Duke took the blame for Jean's murders, Jean fights a duel with him, but purposely loses because of the guilt he feels for his parents' deaths. As Jean dies, Dorothea walks away with Landon. Jean then awakens from his dream, and when Dorothea calls about the party, he agrees to come, but then refuses and embraces his ... +


Jean de Segni, a reckless-spending Duke's son, becomes infatuated with ballet dancer Dorothea Jardeau, as does Jean's middle-aged companion, Henri Landon. After Dorothea invites them to a party, Jean's ill father, who is disgraced by newspaper accounts that Jean has lost his fortune gambling and philandering, argues with Jean to reform. After drinking at his club, Jean returns to sleep. At Dorothea's party, she rebukes him for being broke and takes up with Landon. Jean returns home to find that his father stabbed his mother, who idolized Jean, so that she would not be hurt because of Jean, and that the Duke himself is dying from shock. After the Duke confesses and dies, Jean's friends scorn him. When Landon implies that the Duke took the blame for Jean's murders, Jean fights a duel with him, but purposely loses because of the guilt he feels for his parents' deaths. As Jean dies, Dorothea walks away with Landon. Jean then awakens from his dream, and when Dorothea calls about the party, he agrees to come, but then refuses and embraces his parents. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Society


Subject

Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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