The Gilded Spider (1916)

Drama | 8 May 1916

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HISTORY

The 26 Feb 1916 Motion Picture News announced that production was underway at Universal City Studios under the provisional title, The Full Cup. Australian actress Louise Lovely was cast in a dual role as mother and daughter. Also appearing in the film was Jack Tomek, as stated in the 21 Oct 1916 Motion Picture News.
       The 11 Mar 1916 Motion Picture News revealed that 200 Italian residents of Los Angeles, CA, were employed the previous week as background actors. Universal vice-president and general manager H. O. Davis instructed the studio commissary to maintain a steady supply of Italian food for the troupe, which supposedly resulted in cries of “Viva l’Universal” at the end of each day.
       The 6 May 1916 Motion Picture News noted that Davis was granted the unusual request to film inside a Roman Catholic church. According to the article, Davis had developed a relationship with the Church as general director of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, for which he produced a “Catholic Day” event. The location was identified as the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood, CA.
       An item in the 8 Apr 1916 Moving Picture World stated that principal photography was nearing completion. Harry Ham was mentioned as a cast member.
       The picture’s scheduled 8 May 1916 release under its official title, The Gilded Spider, was announced in the 29 Apr 1916 Motion Picture News. While critics were complimentary toward the cast, particularly co-star Lon Chaney, most were unimpressed with the storyline, which the ... More Less

The 26 Feb 1916 Motion Picture News announced that production was underway at Universal City Studios under the provisional title, The Full Cup. Australian actress Louise Lovely was cast in a dual role as mother and daughter. Also appearing in the film was Jack Tomek, as stated in the 21 Oct 1916 Motion Picture News.
       The 11 Mar 1916 Motion Picture News revealed that 200 Italian residents of Los Angeles, CA, were employed the previous week as background actors. Universal vice-president and general manager H. O. Davis instructed the studio commissary to maintain a steady supply of Italian food for the troupe, which supposedly resulted in cries of “Viva l’Universal” at the end of each day.
       The 6 May 1916 Motion Picture News noted that Davis was granted the unusual request to film inside a Roman Catholic church. According to the article, Davis had developed a relationship with the Church as general director of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, for which he produced a “Catholic Day” event. The location was identified as the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood, CA.
       An item in the 8 Apr 1916 Moving Picture World stated that principal photography was nearing completion. Harry Ham was mentioned as a cast member.
       The picture’s scheduled 8 May 1916 release under its official title, The Gilded Spider, was announced in the 29 Apr 1916 Motion Picture News. While critics were complimentary toward the cast, particularly co-star Lon Chaney, most were unimpressed with the storyline, which the Jul 1916 Photoplay described as “a noisily impossible melodrama.” In the 6 May 1916 Motion Picture News, critic Peter Milne complained that Louise Lovely was miscast as an Italian, apparently unaware of her Italian parentage.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
26 Feb 1916
p. 1161
Motion Picture News
29 Apr 1916
p. 2529
Motion Picture News
6 May 1916
p. 2706, 2724
Motion Picture News
21 Oct 1916
p. 37
Motography
13 May 1916
p. 1120, 1124
Moving Picture World
11 Mar 1916
p. 1637
Moving Picture World
8 Apr 1916
p. 292
Moving Picture World
29 Apr 1916
p. 830
Moving Picture World
6 May 1916
p. 986, 988
Moving Picture World
13 May 1916
p. 1228
Photoplay
Jul 1916
p. 150
Variety
28 Apr 1916
p. 29
Wid's Daily
27 Apr 1916
p. 536
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Full Cup
Release Date:
8 May 1916
Production Date:
February--April 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Bluebird Photoplays, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 April 1916
Copyright Number:
LP8083
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While traveling in Italy, Cyrus Kirkham, a dissolute American, kidnaps Leonita, but she kills herself rather than let him seduce her. Fifteen years later, Giovanni, Leonita's husband, arrives in the United States accompanied by his teen-age daughter Elisa. Giovanni holds a grudge against Americans that began with Leonita's death, so when Elisa falls in love with Paul Winston, an American artist, her father disapproves of the romance. When Cyrus sees Paul's portrait of Elisa, he decides to track her down and then brings her to a high society party. Giovanni finds out and breaks into the party intent on killing Cyrus. As soon as Cyrus sees him, however, and recognizes him as Leonita's husband, he drops dead from the shock. Then, convinced that his daughter's good name has been ruined, Giovanni kills himself, thus finally allowing Elisa and Paul to get ... +


While traveling in Italy, Cyrus Kirkham, a dissolute American, kidnaps Leonita, but she kills herself rather than let him seduce her. Fifteen years later, Giovanni, Leonita's husband, arrives in the United States accompanied by his teen-age daughter Elisa. Giovanni holds a grudge against Americans that began with Leonita's death, so when Elisa falls in love with Paul Winston, an American artist, her father disapproves of the romance. When Cyrus sees Paul's portrait of Elisa, he decides to track her down and then brings her to a high society party. Giovanni finds out and breaks into the party intent on killing Cyrus. As soon as Cyrus sees him, however, and recognizes him as Leonita's husband, he drops dead from the shock. Then, convinced that his daughter's good name has been ruined, Giovanni kills himself, thus finally allowing Elisa and Paul to get married. +

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