The Sporting Duchess (1915)

Melodrama | 7 June 1915

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HISTORY

This film was selected to be shown at the opening of Madison Square Garden as the world's largest motion picture theatre, seating 12,000, but at the last minute, Silver Threads Among the Gold replaced it, which disappointed some of the ... More Less

This film was selected to be shown at the opening of Madison Square Garden as the world's largest motion picture theatre, seating 12,000, but at the last minute, Silver Threads Among the Gold replaced it, which disappointed some of the audience. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
29 May 15
p. 889.
Motog
19 Jun 15
pp. 1009-10, 1035
MPN
29 May 15
p. 40, 66
MPW
23 Mar 18
p. 1763.
NYDM
19 May 15
p. 32.
NYDM
9 Jun 15
p. 28.
Variety
25 Jun 15
p. 20.
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 June 1915
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

British officers Lord Desborough and Captain Mostyn court the same woman, Muriel. After she marries Desborough, the regiment goes to India, where Desborough has an affair with adventuress Vivian Darville. Back in England, Mostyn, along with Darville's rejected suitor, officer Rupert Lee, report the dalliance to Muriel. After Mostyn impregnates Mary Aylmer, the nurse of Desborough's son Harold, Mostyn convinces Muriel that Mary is carrying Desborough's child. Muriel leaves with Mostyn as her escort to London, but he instead takes her to a disreputable inn. Desborough arrives to interrupt their struggle and, after thrashing Mostyn, instigates an action for separation and gets possession of Harold. When Desborough is nearly ruined financially, a countess, known as "The Sporting Duchess" because of her fondness for horseracing, outbids Mostyn for Desborough's favorite horse "Clipstone," scheduled to enter the Derby against Mostyn's horse. After Clipstone wins, Mostyn leaves with Vivian, but Rupert, now thoroughly incensed, relates Mostyn's scheme. The Desboroughs are reunited and Mary's lover forgives ... +


British officers Lord Desborough and Captain Mostyn court the same woman, Muriel. After she marries Desborough, the regiment goes to India, where Desborough has an affair with adventuress Vivian Darville. Back in England, Mostyn, along with Darville's rejected suitor, officer Rupert Lee, report the dalliance to Muriel. After Mostyn impregnates Mary Aylmer, the nurse of Desborough's son Harold, Mostyn convinces Muriel that Mary is carrying Desborough's child. Muriel leaves with Mostyn as her escort to London, but he instead takes her to a disreputable inn. Desborough arrives to interrupt their struggle and, after thrashing Mostyn, instigates an action for separation and gets possession of Harold. When Desborough is nearly ruined financially, a countess, known as "The Sporting Duchess" because of her fondness for horseracing, outbids Mostyn for Desborough's favorite horse "Clipstone," scheduled to enter the Derby against Mostyn's horse. After Clipstone wins, Mostyn leaves with Vivian, but Rupert, now thoroughly incensed, relates Mostyn's scheme. The Desboroughs are reunited and Mary's lover forgives her. +

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

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