The Spider and the Fly (1916)

Drama | 28 May 1916

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HISTORY

Var lists Ethel Bruce in the role of Helen Lee. Contemporary sources variously credit either Will Gerard or William Gerald as an additional cast ... More Less

Var lists Ethel Bruce in the role of Helen Lee. Contemporary sources variously credit either Will Gerard or William Gerald as an additional cast member. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
10 Jun 16
p. 1339.
MPN
10 Jun 16
p. 3603.
MPW
17 Jun 16
p. 2056, 2062
New York Times
12 Feb 16
p. 974, 1030
Variety
2 Jun 16
p. 17.
Wid's
1 Jun 16
p. 620.
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 May 1916
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
28 May 1916
Copyright Number:
LP8373
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In France, after killing his best friend in a drunken quarrel, Delano vows never to touch liquor again, but his resolve weakens when he falls in love with noted vamp Blanche Le Noir, and he soon becomes an alcoholic. Blanche herself prefers Lantier, whose daughter is saved from the influence of the vamp by Richard Lee, the young American she marries. Richard cannot save his own sister Helen, however, as she is seduced by Lantier, whom Richard then murders. Dying from too much alcohol and Blanche's neglect, Delano denounces the woman he loves, after which, finally seeing the need to reform, Blanche finds religion and goes into settlement ... +


In France, after killing his best friend in a drunken quarrel, Delano vows never to touch liquor again, but his resolve weakens when he falls in love with noted vamp Blanche Le Noir, and he soon becomes an alcoholic. Blanche herself prefers Lantier, whose daughter is saved from the influence of the vamp by Richard Lee, the young American she marries. Richard cannot save his own sister Helen, however, as she is seduced by Lantier, whom Richard then murders. Dying from too much alcohol and Blanche's neglect, Delano denounces the woman he loves, after which, finally seeing the need to reform, Blanche finds religion and goes into settlement work. +

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