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HISTORY

Although some sources state that this film was taken from William C. de Mille's play written for the stage, other sources indicate that de Mille's work was an original scenario. This was Ina Claire's first film. According to modern sources, Cecil B. DeMille also produced and edited the film, Alvin Wyckoff was the cameraman, and Wilfred Buckland was the art ... More Less

Although some sources state that this film was taken from William C. de Mille's play written for the stage, other sources indicate that de Mille's work was an original scenario. This was Ina Claire's first film. According to modern sources, Cecil B. DeMille also produced and edited the film, Alvin Wyckoff was the cameraman, and Wilfred Buckland was the art director. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
12 Jun 15
p. 991.
MPN
10 Apr 15
p. 54.
MPN
17 Apr 15
p. 55.
MPN
15 May 15
p. 1168.
MPN
12 Jun 15
p. 68.
MPW
5 Jun 15
p. 1692.
MPW
12 Jun 15
p. 1789.
NYDM
2 Jun 15
p. 28.
Variety
4 Jun 15
p. 18.
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 May 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
19 May 1915
Copyright Number:
LU5321
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4-5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In France, two old men show each other photographs of their American grandchildren, Bob Randall and Betty Wright. The grandfathers, each determined to select their grandchild's mate, offer two million francs to each grandchild if they marry one another. In America, Bob and Betty meet when Bob, a college student, runs from the town constable after mischievously stealing a cigar store Indian and jumps into Betty's auto. Despite her protests, Betty finds that she likes Bob. When both sets of parents try to convince their children to marry according to their grandfather's wishes, Bob sends his roommate, the "Grind," to meet Betty, who changes places with her maid. Rather than submit, Bob and Betty run away and both join a traveling theatrical troupe run by the barnstorming but broke tragedian, Horatio Brutus Bangs. After the troupe performs Romeo and Juliet a sheriff throws them in jail for not paying their hotel bills. When their parents locate them, Bob and Betty, now in love, realize the other's identity and agree to ... +


In France, two old men show each other photographs of their American grandchildren, Bob Randall and Betty Wright. The grandfathers, each determined to select their grandchild's mate, offer two million francs to each grandchild if they marry one another. In America, Bob and Betty meet when Bob, a college student, runs from the town constable after mischievously stealing a cigar store Indian and jumps into Betty's auto. Despite her protests, Betty finds that she likes Bob. When both sets of parents try to convince their children to marry according to their grandfather's wishes, Bob sends his roommate, the "Grind," to meet Betty, who changes places with her maid. Rather than submit, Bob and Betty run away and both join a traveling theatrical troupe run by the barnstorming but broke tragedian, Horatio Brutus Bangs. After the troupe performs Romeo and Juliet a sheriff throws them in jail for not paying their hotel bills. When their parents locate them, Bob and Betty, now in love, realize the other's identity and agree to marry. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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