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HISTORY

According to an ad, the film was also based on a painting by Sir Edward Cowley Burné-Jones. This well-known film initiated the vamp craze of the late teens. The working title of this film was The Vampire . The film was premièred in New York on 12 Jan 1915 and was re-released in Jun 1918 by the Fox Film Corp. The film was re-titled and edited to five reels by Hettie Gray Baker. A modern source lists Lucien Andriot as the photographer. Fox Film Corp. produced another version of this film, also entitled A Fool There Was , in 1922, directed by Emmet J. Flynn and starring Estelle Taylor. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; ... More Less

According to an ad, the film was also based on a painting by Sir Edward Cowley Burné-Jones. This well-known film initiated the vamp craze of the late teens. The working title of this film was The Vampire . The film was premièred in New York on 12 Jan 1915 and was re-released in Jun 1918 by the Fox Film Corp. The film was re-titled and edited to five reels by Hettie Gray Baker. A modern source lists Lucien Andriot as the photographer. Fox Film Corp. produced another version of this film, also entitled A Fool There Was , in 1922, directed by Emmet J. Flynn and starring Estelle Taylor. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.1857.) More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
22 Jun 18
p. 197.
ETR
29 Jun 18
p. 320.
Motog
23 Jan 15
p. 134, 151
MPN
10 Jul 15
p. 327.
MPN
17 Apr 15
p. 5.
MPN
22 Jun 18
p. 3741.
MPW
30 Jan 15
p. 677.
MPW
22 Jun 18
p. 1756.
MPW
13 Jul 18
p. 253.
NYDM
20 Jan 15
p. 31.
Variety
12 Mar 15
p. 24.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Vampire
Release Date:
January 1915
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
14 January 1915
Copyright Number:
LP5970
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

John Schuyler, a successful and able businessman, lives happily with his wife and daughter in Larchmont, New York. The vampire, a beautiful but heartless woman who has driven many men to desperation and even suicide, reads in the newspaper that John will sail to England on an important mission for the United States government and decides to add him to her list of victims. On the steamer, the vampire charms John, and soon he is hopelessly in love with her. Because he refuses to give her up, he loses his family and friends, and later becomes addicted to drugs and alcohol. In the end, his strength and spirit broken, John crawls to the vampire to beg her to leave him in peace, but she laughs and gives him the order "kiss me, my fool." He tries to stand, but instead, collapses and ... +


John Schuyler, a successful and able businessman, lives happily with his wife and daughter in Larchmont, New York. The vampire, a beautiful but heartless woman who has driven many men to desperation and even suicide, reads in the newspaper that John will sail to England on an important mission for the United States government and decides to add him to her list of victims. On the steamer, the vampire charms John, and soon he is hopelessly in love with her. Because he refuses to give her up, he loses his family and friends, and later becomes addicted to drugs and alcohol. In the end, his strength and spirit broken, John crawls to the vampire to beg her to leave him in peace, but she laughs and gives him the order "kiss me, my fool." He tries to stand, but instead, collapses and dies. +

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