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Some sources list actress Leonie Flugrath as Shirley Mason, the name she used increasingly in films. The entire Edison studio was used for this film, which had a cast of over two hundred. Some scenes were shot in Boston and at a girls' school near Yonkers, NY. Among the many other versions of Vanity Fair are the 1923 Goldwyn production, directed by Hugo Ballin, and the 1935 RKO production, Becky Sharp , starring Miriam Hopkins and directed by Rouben ... More Less

Some sources list actress Leonie Flugrath as Shirley Mason, the name she used increasingly in films. The entire Edison studio was used for this film, which had a cast of over two hundred. Some scenes were shot in Boston and at a girls' school near Yonkers, NY. Among the many other versions of Vanity Fair are the 1923 Goldwyn production, directed by Hugo Ballin, and the 1935 RKO production, Becky Sharp , starring Miriam Hopkins and directed by Rouben Mamoulian. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
10 Jul 15
p. 51.
Motog
16 Oct 15
p. 808, 830
MPN
31 Jul 15
p. 54.
MPN
19 Jun 15
p. 48.
MPN
25 Sep 15
p. 14.
MPN
25 Sep 15
p. 15, 59
MPN
2 Oct 15
pp. 16-17.
MPN
16 Oct 15
p. 81.
MPW
9 Oct 15
pp. 42-43, 281
MPW
23 Oct 15
p. 692.
NYDM
30 Jun 15
p. 20.
NYDM
25 Aug 15
p. 23.
NYDM
15 Sep 15
p. 26, 27
Variety
29 Oct 15
p. 22.
Wid's
14 Oct 1915.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (London, 1848).
DETAILS
Release Date:
6 October 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Copyright Date:
25 September 1915
Copyright Number:
LP6496
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,642
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the early nineteenth century, English orphan Becky Sharp finds charitable refuge in a fashionable girls' school but happily accepts an invitation to stay in the spacious home of her school friend, Amelia Sedley. The shrewd Becky sets her sights on Amelia's brother Joseph, but after a change in the Sedley family fortune and Amelia's subsequent marriage to the wealthy George Osborne, Becky ends up with another gentleman, Rawdon Crawley. Poverty follows their marriage, and Becky pursues a course toward Lord Steyne, forcing a separation from Rawdon. During her romance, the events surrounding Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo mirror the disastrous results of her own ... +


In the early nineteenth century, English orphan Becky Sharp finds charitable refuge in a fashionable girls' school but happily accepts an invitation to stay in the spacious home of her school friend, Amelia Sedley. The shrewd Becky sets her sights on Amelia's brother Joseph, but after a change in the Sedley family fortune and Amelia's subsequent marriage to the wealthy George Osborne, Becky ends up with another gentleman, Rawdon Crawley. Poverty follows their marriage, and Becky pursues a course toward Lord Steyne, forcing a separation from Rawdon. During her romance, the events surrounding Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo mirror the disastrous results of her own ambitions. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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