The Celebrated Scandal (1915)

Drama | March 1915

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HISTORY

This was the first film made in America by Betty Nansen of the Royal Theatre, Denmark. The synopsis of the film in the copyright description, says that it was "picturized by J. Gordon Edwards for Wm. Fox Vaudeville Company." (The term "picturized" usually meant adapted or directed.) As no other sources indicate that Edwards either directed the film or wrote the scenario, and as the William Fox Vaudeville Co. was a name of one of Fox's earlier companies, it is possible that Edwards wrote a synopsis or scenario for the film that was never ... More Less

This was the first film made in America by Betty Nansen of the Royal Theatre, Denmark. The synopsis of the film in the copyright description, says that it was "picturized by J. Gordon Edwards for Wm. Fox Vaudeville Company." (The term "picturized" usually meant adapted or directed.) As no other sources indicate that Edwards either directed the film or wrote the scenario, and as the William Fox Vaudeville Co. was a name of one of Fox's earlier companies, it is possible that Edwards wrote a synopsis or scenario for the film that was never used. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
13 Mar 15
p. 425.
MPN
30 Jan 15
p. 28.
MPN
27 Feb 15
pp. 22-23, 34
MPN
23 Oct 15
p. 89.
MPN
17 Apr 15
p. 5.
NYDM
17 Mar 15
p. 35.
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LITERARY
Based on the play El gran galeoto by José Echegaray y Eizaguirre (Madrid, 19 Mar 1881).
DETAILS
Release Date:
March 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Wm. Fox
Copyright Date:
17 February 1915
Copyright Number:
LP5234
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Don Julian is preparing to leave Spain to become ambassador to England when Ernesto, the son of a deceased friend, arrives seeking help. Don Julian invites Ernesto to move in with him and his young wife, Teodora, but this kindness plants the seed for a disastrous scandal. Alvarez, a would-be traitor discovered years earlier by Ernesto's father, spreads a rumor that Ernesto and Teodora are carrying on a disgraceful flirtation behind Don Julian's back. The scandal causes Don Julian to lose the diplomatic appointment, but he refuses to believe the accusation. To spare his friend further humiliation, however, Ernesto departs and challenges Alvarez to a duel. When Don Julian learns of this, he challenges Alvarez and is mortally wounded. Delirious, he is taken to Ernesto's room, where, upon seeing his wife, he reprimands the youth. Ernesto finds Alvarez and kills him in a duel, after which he returns to the hotel and convinces his dying friend of Teodora's ... +


Don Julian is preparing to leave Spain to become ambassador to England when Ernesto, the son of a deceased friend, arrives seeking help. Don Julian invites Ernesto to move in with him and his young wife, Teodora, but this kindness plants the seed for a disastrous scandal. Alvarez, a would-be traitor discovered years earlier by Ernesto's father, spreads a rumor that Ernesto and Teodora are carrying on a disgraceful flirtation behind Don Julian's back. The scandal causes Don Julian to lose the diplomatic appointment, but he refuses to believe the accusation. To spare his friend further humiliation, however, Ernesto departs and challenges Alvarez to a duel. When Don Julian learns of this, he challenges Alvarez and is mortally wounded. Delirious, he is taken to Ernesto's room, where, upon seeing his wife, he reprimands the youth. Ernesto finds Alvarez and kills him in a duel, after which he returns to the hotel and convinces his dying friend of Teodora's faithfulness. +

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