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The completion of principal photography at the Fox Film Corp. studios in Jersey City, NJ, was reported in the 2 Oct 1915 Motion Picture News. The film marked the feature debuts of renowned Shakespearean actor Robert B. Mantell and his wife, Genevieve Hamper. An advertisement in the 23 Oct 1915 Motion Picture News described Hamper as having “the most beautiful face on earth.”
       The Blindness of Devotion was released on 8 Nov 1915, and opened that same day at the Academy of Music in New York City. Reviews were generally positive, with several praising Mantell’s and Hamper’s performances.
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The completion of principal photography at the Fox Film Corp. studios in Jersey City, NJ, was reported in the 2 Oct 1915 Motion Picture News. The film marked the feature debuts of renowned Shakespearean actor Robert B. Mantell and his wife, Genevieve Hamper. An advertisement in the 23 Oct 1915 Motion Picture News described Hamper as having “the most beautiful face on earth.”
       The Blindness of Devotion was released on 8 Nov 1915, and opened that same day at the Academy of Music in New York City. Reviews were generally positive, with several praising Mantell’s and Hamper’s performances.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
2 Oct 1915
p. 70
Motion Picture News
16 Oct 1915
p. 54
Motion Picture News
23 Oct 1915
p. 9
Motion Picture News
30 Oct 1915
p. 50
Motion Picture News
20 Nov 1915
p. 79, 92
Motography
27 Nov 1915
p. 1163
Moving Picture World
20 Nov 1915
p. 1505
New York Times
8 Nov 1915
p. 13
Variety
12 Nov 1915
p. 22
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 November 1915
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 8 Nov 1915
Production Date:
ended Sep 1915
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
William Fox
7 November 1915
LP6885
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In a prologue, the wealthy Count de Carnay promises his dying life-long friend that he will bring up his son Pierre as his own. Fifteen years later, the count adopts his seventeen-year-old niece Bella. Pierre, now an officer, and Bella fall in love and secretly become engaged. After the count marries seductress Renee Delacroix, Pierre, returning from duty, succumbs to Renee's advances without knowing who she is and remains her lover even after he learns the truth, although he is remorseful. When the suspicious count finds them together, Bella, to protect the count from pain, becomes Pierre's wife "in name only." After Pierre refuses to see Renee while the count is alive, she attempts to poison the count, but he sees her preparations in a mirror and switches cups. Meanwhile, Pierre, who has been rebuked by the count, shoots himself. After she drinks the poison, the count denounces Renee and chokes her. He drags her up a flight of stairs and throws her body across ...

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In a prologue, the wealthy Count de Carnay promises his dying life-long friend that he will bring up his son Pierre as his own. Fifteen years later, the count adopts his seventeen-year-old niece Bella. Pierre, now an officer, and Bella fall in love and secretly become engaged. After the count marries seductress Renee Delacroix, Pierre, returning from duty, succumbs to Renee's advances without knowing who she is and remains her lover even after he learns the truth, although he is remorseful. When the suspicious count finds them together, Bella, to protect the count from pain, becomes Pierre's wife "in name only." After Pierre refuses to see Renee while the count is alive, she attempts to poison the count, but he sees her preparations in a mirror and switches cups. Meanwhile, Pierre, who has been rebuked by the count, shoots himself. After she drinks the poison, the count denounces Renee and chokes her. He drags her up a flight of stairs and throws her body across Pierre's.

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GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Society


Subject
Subject (Major):

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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