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E. A. Sothern played the title role in the first stage production. This film is listed in the Paramount studio records under the title David Garrick (A Man's Choice) . Other films based on the same source include four British films: one in 1912, two in 1913, and one in 1928. Warner Bros. released The Great Garrick in 1937, directed by James Whale and starring Brian Aherne, which was not based on the play, but on the life of ... More Less

E. A. Sothern played the title role in the first stage production. This film is listed in the Paramount studio records under the title David Garrick (A Man's Choice) . Other films based on the same source include four British films: one in 1912, two in 1913, and one in 1928. Warner Bros. released The Great Garrick in 1937, directed by James Whale and starring Brian Aherne, which was not based on the play, but on the life of Garrick. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
6 May 16
p. 1058.
MPN
6 May 16
p. 2721.
MPW
6 May 16
p. 904, 984-85.
New York Times
1 May 16
p. 9.
NYDM
9 Oct 15
p. 284.
Variety
5 May 16
p. 27.
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LITERARY
Based on the play David Garrick by T. W. Robertson (London, 30 Apr 1864).
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 May 1916
Copyright Claimant:
J. C. Ivers
Copyright Date:
8 April 1916
Copyright Number:
LP8079
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In mid-eighteenth century London, actor David Garrick, who is bringing about the acceptance of the stage among the aristocracy, falls in love for the first time with a woman watching him play "Romeo" at the Drury Lane Theatre. He fails to learn her identity, and, after searching for weeks, despairs of finding her. Soon after, Simon Ingot, a wealthy tradesman, offers Garrick money to leave England, because his daughter Ada has fallen in love with the actor. Garrick refuses the money, and after giving his word as an actor that he will not marry any man's daughter unless her father asks with hat in hand, offers to cure Ada's fascination at a dinner party. Although Garrick discovers that Ada is the woman whom he loves, he honors his promise and behaves like a drunkard until she orders him to leave. When the story is told in a tavern, Ada's rejected suitor, dissolute Squire Richard Chivy, hears it and then tells Ada while he is half-intoxicated. Ada visits Garrick in his rooms where Ingot finds her, but after he realizes Garrick's true character, he consents to their ... +


In mid-eighteenth century London, actor David Garrick, who is bringing about the acceptance of the stage among the aristocracy, falls in love for the first time with a woman watching him play "Romeo" at the Drury Lane Theatre. He fails to learn her identity, and, after searching for weeks, despairs of finding her. Soon after, Simon Ingot, a wealthy tradesman, offers Garrick money to leave England, because his daughter Ada has fallen in love with the actor. Garrick refuses the money, and after giving his word as an actor that he will not marry any man's daughter unless her father asks with hat in hand, offers to cure Ada's fascination at a dinner party. Although Garrick discovers that Ada is the woman whom he loves, he honors his promise and behaves like a drunkard until she orders him to leave. When the story is told in a tavern, Ada's rejected suitor, dissolute Squire Richard Chivy, hears it and then tells Ada while he is half-intoxicated. Ada visits Garrick in his rooms where Ingot finds her, but after he realizes Garrick's true character, he consents to their marriage. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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