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The Marriage of Kitty was Fannie Ward's first film. Some scenes were shot in San Francisco. Another adaptation of the play was produced by Famous Players-Lasky in 1927 under the title Afraid to Love (See Entry). That film was directed by E. H. Griffth and starred Florence Vidor and Clive ... More Less

The Marriage of Kitty was Fannie Ward's first film. Some scenes were shot in San Francisco. Another adaptation of the play was produced by Famous Players-Lasky in 1927 under the title Afraid to Love (See Entry). That film was directed by E. H. Griffth and starred Florence Vidor and Clive Brook. More Less

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DATE
PAGE
Motog
4 Sep 15
p. 499.
MPN
3 Jul 15
p. 45.
MPN
21 Aug 15
p. 61.
MPW
28 Aug 15
p. 1492.
MPW
4 Sep 15
p. 1740, 1742
NYDM
25 Aug 15
p. 28.
Paramount Progress
12 Aug 15
p. 9.
Variety
20 Aug 15
p. 19.
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LITERARY
Based on the play La passerelle by F. de Croisset (pseud. of Francis Wiener) and Fred de Gresac (Paris, Feb 1902), adapted into English as The Marriage of Kitty by Cosmo Gordon Lennox (London, 12 Aug 1902).
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 August 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
6 August 1915
Copyright Number:
LU6028
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Jack Churchill, a young spendthrift, learns that fellow club member Lord Reginald Belsize has inherited an estate and millions of dollars in America, he convinces his sister, Helen de Semiano, a performer at the Gaiety Theatre with whom Reginald is infatuated, to make him propose. The three sail to New York, where Reginald learns that to receive the inheritance, he must marry within a year, but that his wife may never have been an actress. After Reginald agrees with his lawyer, John Travers, to marry Travers' godchild Katherine "Kitty" Silverton, who has been left penniless, Kitty, who agrees for $50,000 and a Newport cottage to sue her absent husband for divorce in six months, appears ugly, stupid and awkward at the wedding so as not to arouse Helen's jealousy. A few months later, Reginald sees a photograph of Kitty, now beautiful and the rage of Newport, in the society papers. Tired of Helen, he travels there, followed by Jack and Helen, who attempt to provoke a divorce. Reginald, however, proposes to Kitty, who, loving him, reminds him that a proposal is not ... +


When Jack Churchill, a young spendthrift, learns that fellow club member Lord Reginald Belsize has inherited an estate and millions of dollars in America, he convinces his sister, Helen de Semiano, a performer at the Gaiety Theatre with whom Reginald is infatuated, to make him propose. The three sail to New York, where Reginald learns that to receive the inheritance, he must marry within a year, but that his wife may never have been an actress. After Reginald agrees with his lawyer, John Travers, to marry Travers' godchild Katherine "Kitty" Silverton, who has been left penniless, Kitty, who agrees for $50,000 and a Newport cottage to sue her absent husband for divorce in six months, appears ugly, stupid and awkward at the wedding so as not to arouse Helen's jealousy. A few months later, Reginald sees a photograph of Kitty, now beautiful and the rage of Newport, in the society papers. Tired of Helen, he travels there, followed by Jack and Helen, who attempt to provoke a divorce. Reginald, however, proposes to Kitty, who, loving him, reminds him that a proposal is not necessary. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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