Gold and the Woman (1916)

Drama | 13 March 1916

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HISTORY

The upcoming picture was announced in the 12 Feb 1916 Motography and the 8 Apr 1916 Motion Picture News as the first Fox Film Corp. production for actress Alma Hanlon and director James Vincent. Also featured in the cast was George Walsh (22 Jan 1916 Motography) and Frances NeMoyer (Aug 1916 Motion Picture).
       According to the Jan XX 1916 Motion Picture News, principal photography was underway at Fox Studios in Grantwood, NJ. Weeks later, the 26 Feb 1916 Motography reported that the company was on location in the West Virginia “coal district.” Fifty-six Native American background actors were employed for a number of sequences, including one depicting the demolition of an Indian encampment by dynamite. As noted in the 11 Mar 1916 Motography, star Theda Bara reportedly sustained a minor injury when a spring-mounted framed painting struck her on set.
       Gold and the Woman opened 13 Mar 1916 to lukewarm reviews. Although critics found parts of the film to be compelling, several concluded that it was simply another vehicle for Theda Bara to play her signature “vampire” character. Eighteen months later, the 29 Sep 1917 Moving Picture World described the film as co-star Harry Hilliard’s “greatest ... More Less

The upcoming picture was announced in the 12 Feb 1916 Motography and the 8 Apr 1916 Motion Picture News as the first Fox Film Corp. production for actress Alma Hanlon and director James Vincent. Also featured in the cast was George Walsh (22 Jan 1916 Motography) and Frances NeMoyer (Aug 1916 Motion Picture).
       According to the Jan XX 1916 Motion Picture News, principal photography was underway at Fox Studios in Grantwood, NJ. Weeks later, the 26 Feb 1916 Motography reported that the company was on location in the West Virginia “coal district.” Fifty-six Native American background actors were employed for a number of sequences, including one depicting the demolition of an Indian encampment by dynamite. As noted in the 11 Mar 1916 Motography, star Theda Bara reportedly sustained a minor injury when a spring-mounted framed painting struck her on set.
       Gold and the Woman opened 13 Mar 1916 to lukewarm reviews. Although critics found parts of the film to be compelling, several concluded that it was simply another vehicle for Theda Bara to play her signature “vampire” character. Eighteen months later, the 29 Sep 1917 Moving Picture World described the film as co-star Harry Hilliard’s “greatest success.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Fun
Mar 1916
p. 112
Motion Picture
Aug 1916
p. 164
Motion Picture
Jan 1917
p. 13
Motion Picture News
10 Feb 1916
p. 980
Motion Picture News
4 Mar 1916
p. 1285
Motion Picture News
25 Mar 1916
p. 1775, 1790
Motion Picture News
8 Apr 1916
p. 2058
Motography
22 Jan 1916
p. 204
Motography
29 Jan 1916
p. 270
Motography
12 Feb 1916
p. 364, 380
Motography
26 Feb 1916
p. 488, 490
Motography
11 Mar 1916
p. 600
Motography
1 Apr 1916
p. 778
Moving Picture World
18 Mar 1916
p. 1902
Moving Picture World
1 Apr 1916
p. 99, 105
Moving Picture World
29 Sep 1917
p. 1978
New York Clipper
8 Apr 1916
p. 37
New York Times
13 Mar 1916
p. 5
Variety
17 Mar 1916
p. 31
Wid's Daily
23 Mar 1916
p. 459
DETAILS
Release Date:
13 March 1916
Production Date:
February 1916
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
12 March 1916
Copyright Number:
LP7811
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Generations after Dugald Chandos, an early settler, stole a thousand acres from Chief Duskara, Hester Gray, Dugald's descendant, is about to inherit the land. She wants to marry Lee Duskara, the chief's great-great-grandson, and so restore at least half the land to its rightful owner. Hester's guardian, Colonel Ernest Dent, has come under the influence of Juliet De Cordova, a Mexican adventuress, however, and she convinces Ernest to marry Hester himself, then shift the deed to the land from his wife to Juliet. Ernest forces Hester into the marriage but continues his affair with Juliet and keeps on taking orders from her. Finally, Hester discovers Ernest's double-cross and tries to commit suicide, but Lee saves her. Dent soon dies of dissipation, and Hester marries Lee, who in court, has been awarded the rights to the ... +


Generations after Dugald Chandos, an early settler, stole a thousand acres from Chief Duskara, Hester Gray, Dugald's descendant, is about to inherit the land. She wants to marry Lee Duskara, the chief's great-great-grandson, and so restore at least half the land to its rightful owner. Hester's guardian, Colonel Ernest Dent, has come under the influence of Juliet De Cordova, a Mexican adventuress, however, and she convinces Ernest to marry Hester himself, then shift the deed to the land from his wife to Juliet. Ernest forces Hester into the marriage but continues his affair with Juliet and keeps on taking orders from her. Finally, Hester discovers Ernest's double-cross and tries to commit suicide, but Lee saves her. Dent soon dies of dissipation, and Hester marries Lee, who in court, has been awarded the rights to the land. +

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