Better Times (1919)

Drama | 22 June 1919

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HISTORY

This was ZaSu Pitts' first starring role. The scenes of the finishing school were shot in the exclusive Oak Knoll district of Pasadena, CA. Although the film was not registered for copyright, the scenario was registered by Brentwood Film Corp.; 31 Mar 1919; ... More Less

This was ZaSu Pitts' first starring role. The scenes of the finishing school were shot in the exclusive Oak Knoll district of Pasadena, CA. Although the film was not registered for copyright, the scenario was registered by Brentwood Film Corp.; 31 Mar 1919; A514792. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
21 Jun 19
p. 215.
ETR
26 Jul 19
p. 647.
MPW
14 Jun 19
p. 1680.
MPW
25 Jul 19
p. 43.
Wid's
15 Jun 19
p. 17.
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 June 1919
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,900
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Inspired by a motto she reads on a calendar, Nancy Scroggs, the daughter of the owner of a run-down hotel in a once famous health resort, decides to round up some customers. She drives her dilapidated 1902 Ford to the train station and picks up vacationing Peter Van Alstyne and, using Christian Science reasoning, she convinces him to forego his doctor's orders and eat all he wants. Peter boasts of the food, and soon he and Nancy fall in love while they run a thriving hotel. Peter receives a telegram that Nancy assumes is from another love interest, and leaves town. Nancy's father loses the hotel gambling and drowns himself, then with the life insurance left to her, Nancy goes to finishing school. Envious of the other girls' love letters, she pretends to get letters from a famous baseball player. To humiliate her, they take her to a ballgame, but when she sees that the player is actually Peter, she leaps over a rail into his ... +


Inspired by a motto she reads on a calendar, Nancy Scroggs, the daughter of the owner of a run-down hotel in a once famous health resort, decides to round up some customers. She drives her dilapidated 1902 Ford to the train station and picks up vacationing Peter Van Alstyne and, using Christian Science reasoning, she convinces him to forego his doctor's orders and eat all he wants. Peter boasts of the food, and soon he and Nancy fall in love while they run a thriving hotel. Peter receives a telegram that Nancy assumes is from another love interest, and leaves town. Nancy's father loses the hotel gambling and drowns himself, then with the life insurance left to her, Nancy goes to finishing school. Envious of the other girls' love letters, she pretends to get letters from a famous baseball player. To humiliate her, they take her to a ballgame, but when she sees that the player is actually Peter, she leaps over a rail into his arms. +

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

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