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Mary Roberts Rinehart's short story was also used as the basis of the 1927 Warner Bros. film of the same title. That film was directed by John G. Adolfi and starred Warner Oland and Flobelle Fairbanks (see ... More Less

Mary Roberts Rinehart's short story was also used as the basis of the 1927 Warner Bros. film of the same title. That film was directed by John G. Adolfi and starred Warner Oland and Flobelle Fairbanks (see entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
8 Jan 16
p. 86.
MPN
17 Apr 15
p. 93.
MPN
9 Oct 15
p. 46.
MPN
27 Nov 15
p. 114.
MPN
18 Dec 15
p. 66, 84
MPW
11 Dec 15
p. 2026.
MPW
25 Dec 15
p. 2454.
MPW
1 Jan 16
p. 90.
NYDM
25 Dec 15
p. 46.
Variety
7 Jan 16
p. 24.
VLP
15 Dec
p. 51.
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LITERARY
Based on the short story "What Happened to Father" by Mary Roberts Rinehart in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine (Sep 1909).
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 December 1915
Copyright Claimant:
The Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
22 November 1915
Copyright Number:
LP7038
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

To pay back his increasing debts, Father writes a comic opera, Frolic of the Frogs , with the financial backing of Carelton Bayne, who fancies Father's youngest daughter. On the day of the opera's opening, Fredericka, the elder daughter, is to be married, but when Father receives a frantic call from the opera's leading lady, who is about to be replaced by one of Bayne's former lovers, he abandons the wedding and rushes to the theater in the honeymoon car. Arriving too late to stop the exodus of both male and female stars, Father steps in as the leading man after one panicked rehearsal and is vigorously booed by the audience. The show in ruins, Father slugs Bayne and is hauled off to jail but organizes the other prisoners and effects a clever escape. Several adventures, car chases and misunderstandings later, Father and family finally reunite for the ... +


To pay back his increasing debts, Father writes a comic opera, Frolic of the Frogs , with the financial backing of Carelton Bayne, who fancies Father's youngest daughter. On the day of the opera's opening, Fredericka, the elder daughter, is to be married, but when Father receives a frantic call from the opera's leading lady, who is about to be replaced by one of Bayne's former lovers, he abandons the wedding and rushes to the theater in the honeymoon car. Arriving too late to stop the exodus of both male and female stars, Father steps in as the leading man after one panicked rehearsal and is vigorously booed by the audience. The show in ruins, Father slugs Bayne and is hauled off to jail but organizes the other prisoners and effects a clever escape. Several adventures, car chases and misunderstandings later, Father and family finally reunite for the wedding. +

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