The Defeat of the City (1917)

Drama | 1 September 1917

Full page view
HISTORY

This was the first of a series of feature-length O. Henry stories produced by the Broadway Star Features ... More Less

This was the first of a series of feature-length O. Henry stories produced by the Broadway Star Features Co. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPW
8 Sep 17
p. 1523, 1575
NYDM
15 Sep 17
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "The Defeat of the City" by O. Henry in his Voice of the City (Garden City, NY, 1908).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 September 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Broadway Star Features Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
29 August 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11319
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Farm boy Robert Walmsley comes to the city, where he becomes a prominent attorney and eradicates all traces of his humble roots. Robert believes that he has secured his niche in gentility with his marriage to patrician Alice Van Der Pool until his wife discovers a letter from his mother and insists upon visiting the farm. Terrified that Alice will be repulsed by his rural atavism, Robert reluctantly agrees. After a day of cutting capers on the farm, Robert approaches his wife with trepidation, certain that he has disgraced himself. He is relieved to hear Alice state that she thought she had married a gentleman but discovered that she had married something better, a real ... +


Farm boy Robert Walmsley comes to the city, where he becomes a prominent attorney and eradicates all traces of his humble roots. Robert believes that he has secured his niche in gentility with his marriage to patrician Alice Van Der Pool until his wife discovers a letter from his mother and insists upon visiting the farm. Terrified that Alice will be repulsed by his rural atavism, Robert reluctantly agrees. After a day of cutting capers on the farm, Robert approaches his wife with trepidation, certain that he has disgraced himself. He is relieved to hear Alice state that she thought she had married a gentleman but discovered that she had married something better, a real man. +

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

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.