The Spendthrift (1915)

Drama | 21 June 1915

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HISTORY

The play that was the source for this film was originally copyrighted under the title Waste . This was Kleine's first American made drama. At the time of the filming, Irene Fenwick and Cyril Keightley were playing the leads in the Broadway production of Song of Songs . Mattie Ferguson played the same role in the stage production of The Spendthrift . One scene in the film was shot in the internationally known dressmaking establishment of Lucille, Ltd., in New York, owned by Lady Duff-Gordon. The models Miss Hebe White, Miss Yaha Grey, Miss Phyllis and Miss Dolores appeared in the film modeling clothes from the establishment. The film was re-issued on the state rights market by Photo Products Export Co. in Nov ... More Less

The play that was the source for this film was originally copyrighted under the title Waste . This was Kleine's first American made drama. At the time of the filming, Irene Fenwick and Cyril Keightley were playing the leads in the Broadway production of Song of Songs . Mattie Ferguson played the same role in the stage production of The Spendthrift . One scene in the film was shot in the internationally known dressmaking establishment of Lucille, Ltd., in New York, owned by Lady Duff-Gordon. The models Miss Hebe White, Miss Yaha Grey, Miss Phyllis and Miss Dolores appeared in the film modeling clothes from the establishment. The film was re-issued on the state rights market by Photo Products Export Co. in Nov 1920. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
26 Jun 15
p. 1076.
MPN
17 Apr 15
p. 60.
MPN
19 Jun 15
p. 66.
MPW
1 May 15
p. 78.
MPW
5 Jun 15
p. 1628.
MPW
19 Jun 15
p. 1958.
MPW
3 Jul 15
p. 78.
MPW
24 Jul 15
p. 732.
NYDM
16 Jun 15
p. 28.
Variety
11 Jun 15
p. 19.
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 June 1915
Copyright Claimant:
George Kleine
Copyright Date:
9 June 1915
Copyright Number:
LP5526
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,829
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Gretchen Jans, an eccentric millionaire, attempts to instill in her two nieces, Frances and Clarice, her belief in economizing in clothes and money, as well as in thought and emotion. Frances rebels and elopes with wealthy Richard Ward, who indulges her in luxuries until after two years of her extravagances, he is nearly bankrupt. To help, Frances secretly arranges a $20,000 loan with dissolute clubman Suffern Thorne, who has designs on her. After she says that the money is from her aunt, Richard learns the truth. Through Frances, he lures Thorne to a midnight rendezvous in her boudoir, where he threatens Thorne at gunpoint. Richard returns the money, and saying that Thorne's kind are not worth shooting, he leaves them together. Frances leaves and goes to work as a stenographer, while Aunt Gretchen helps re-establish Richard in business. Sometime later, Thorne sees Frances leaving a factory. After he tells Richard of her whereabouts and vouches for her innocence, Richard is reconciled with Frances, who vows to give up her spendthrift ... +


Gretchen Jans, an eccentric millionaire, attempts to instill in her two nieces, Frances and Clarice, her belief in economizing in clothes and money, as well as in thought and emotion. Frances rebels and elopes with wealthy Richard Ward, who indulges her in luxuries until after two years of her extravagances, he is nearly bankrupt. To help, Frances secretly arranges a $20,000 loan with dissolute clubman Suffern Thorne, who has designs on her. After she says that the money is from her aunt, Richard learns the truth. Through Frances, he lures Thorne to a midnight rendezvous in her boudoir, where he threatens Thorne at gunpoint. Richard returns the money, and saying that Thorne's kind are not worth shooting, he leaves them together. Frances leaves and goes to work as a stenographer, while Aunt Gretchen helps re-establish Richard in business. Sometime later, Thorne sees Frances leaving a factory. After he tells Richard of her whereabouts and vouches for her innocence, Richard is reconciled with Frances, who vows to give up her spendthrift habits. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Society


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AFI Life Achievement Award

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