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HISTORY

The "Chimmie Fadden" stories originally appeared in the New York Sun . For the film, Wilfred Buckland designed and oversaw the construction of two New York City street corners, three stories high, based on photographs. Victor Moore played the role of Chimmie Fadden on stage. According to modern sources, DeMille, besides directing the film, produced, wrote and edited it, and Alvin Wyckoff was the cameraman. Chimmie Fadden Out West , (see below) released by Lasky in late 1915, was also based on Townsend's short ... More Less

The "Chimmie Fadden" stories originally appeared in the New York Sun . For the film, Wilfred Buckland designed and oversaw the construction of two New York City street corners, three stories high, based on photographs. Victor Moore played the role of Chimmie Fadden on stage. According to modern sources, DeMille, besides directing the film, produced, wrote and edited it, and Alvin Wyckoff was the cameraman. Chimmie Fadden Out West , (see below) released by Lasky in late 1915, was also based on Townsend's short stories. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Motog
17 Jul 15
p. 139.
MPN
29 May 15
p. 46.
MPN
10 Jul 15
p. 70.
MPW
10 Jul 15
p. 322, 398, 400
NYDM
7 Jul 15
p. 28.
Variety
2 Jul 15
p. 16.
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LITERARY
Based on the short story "Chimmie Fadden" by Edward Waterman Townsend in his Chimmie Fadden
Major Max
and other stories (New York, ca 1895) and his play of the same name (New York, 13 Jan 1896).
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 June 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
9 June 1915
Copyright Number:
LU5501
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4-5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Chimmie Fadden, a poor but amiable Irish lad, lives with his mother and brother Larry in New York's Bowery. When Chimmie is arrested for fighting to defend a newsboy from a bully, Fanny Van Cortlandt, a millionaire's daughter on a charity mission, who witnesses the fight, arranges for his release. After Chimmie rescues Fanny from a masher, he becomes a bumbling servant at the Van Cortlandt Long Island mansion, where he falls in love with Hortense, the French maid. One night Chimmie discovers his brother Larry and the valet Antoine stealing the silver. Chimmie knocks Antoine unconscious and hides Larry in a fireplace when Van Cortlandt enters to investigate. Feigning intoxication, Chimmie takes the blame for the noise, and Larry escapes with the silver. The next day Chimmie, now discharged, finds Larry and takes the satchel of silver to return it, but the police arrest him for the crime. After Larry confesses, at the insistence of Mrs. Fadden, Chimmie, now released, finally steals a kiss from ... +


Chimmie Fadden, a poor but amiable Irish lad, lives with his mother and brother Larry in New York's Bowery. When Chimmie is arrested for fighting to defend a newsboy from a bully, Fanny Van Cortlandt, a millionaire's daughter on a charity mission, who witnesses the fight, arranges for his release. After Chimmie rescues Fanny from a masher, he becomes a bumbling servant at the Van Cortlandt Long Island mansion, where he falls in love with Hortense, the French maid. One night Chimmie discovers his brother Larry and the valet Antoine stealing the silver. Chimmie knocks Antoine unconscious and hides Larry in a fireplace when Van Cortlandt enters to investigate. Feigning intoxication, Chimmie takes the blame for the noise, and Larry escapes with the silver. The next day Chimmie, now discharged, finds Larry and takes the satchel of silver to return it, but the police arrest him for the crime. After Larry confesses, at the insistence of Mrs. Fadden, Chimmie, now released, finally steals a kiss from Hortense. +

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