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The working title of this film was One Bright Idea . The actor listed as Rodolfo di Valentina later became known as Rudolph ... More Less

The working title of this film was One Bright Idea . The actor listed as Rodolfo di Valentina later became known as Rudolph Valentino. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
30 Nov 18
p. 2075.
MPN
12 Oct 18
p. 2443.
MPW
7 Dec 18
p. 1115, 1123-24.
NYDM
2 Aug 18
p. 39.
Variety
6 Dec 18
p. 39.
Wid's
1 Dec 18
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
Scen
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "One Bright Idea" by Edgar Franklin (pseud. of Edgar Franklin Stearns) in All Story Weekly (29 Jun-20 Jul 1918).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
One Bright Idea
Release Date:
30 November 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Bluebird Photoplays, Inc.
Copyright Date:
9 November 1918
Copyright Number:
LP13029
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The lovesick Richard Thayer asks his friend, William Harcourt, to invite the popular Elizabeth Lane to dinner so that he can romance her and hopefully propose. Having discovered that the Harcourts cannot pay their wages, the servants leave in disgust, after which eccentric millionaire Bradford, upon whose financial backing Harcourt depends, arrives unexpectedly for dinner. Panic stricken, the Harcourts convince Richard and Elizabeth to take their places while they pose as servants. At dinner, Bradford chides the "Harcourts" for their childlessness and rushes them off to bed. When Colonel Lane arrives and demands his daughter, William tells Bradford that he is insane, whereupon the millionaire locks the colonel in the closet. Finally William confesses all to Bradford, who praises the young man for his ingenuity and agrees to back him. Richard and Elizabeth, now quite well acquainted, become ... +


The lovesick Richard Thayer asks his friend, William Harcourt, to invite the popular Elizabeth Lane to dinner so that he can romance her and hopefully propose. Having discovered that the Harcourts cannot pay their wages, the servants leave in disgust, after which eccentric millionaire Bradford, upon whose financial backing Harcourt depends, arrives unexpectedly for dinner. Panic stricken, the Harcourts convince Richard and Elizabeth to take their places while they pose as servants. At dinner, Bradford chides the "Harcourts" for their childlessness and rushes them off to bed. When Colonel Lane arrives and demands his daughter, William tells Bradford that he is insane, whereupon the millionaire locks the colonel in the closet. Finally William confesses all to Bradford, who praises the young man for his ingenuity and agrees to back him. Richard and Elizabeth, now quite well acquainted, become engaged. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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