The Gown of Destiny (1917)

Drama | 30 December 1917

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HISTORY

According to modern sources, this film was produced by Thomas H. Ince. According to MPW , Alma Rubens' gown was by Hickson of New ... More Less

According to modern sources, this film was produced by Thomas H. Ince. According to MPW , Alma Rubens' gown was by Hickson of New York. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
29 Dec 17
p. 371.
MPN
5 Jan 18
p. 103, 126-27.
MPW
5 Jan 18
p. 95.
MPW
12 May 17
p. 3013.
NYDM
29 Dec 17
p. 17.
Wid's
27 Dec 17
p. 828.
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 December 1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Rejected by the army because of his petite size, French dress designer Andre Leriche conceives the idea of designing a gown that will aid his country. His employer, Madame Felice, sells the gown to Mrs. Mortimer Reyton, a middle-aged woman who is gradually losing the love of her husband. The gown so transforms her that, in honor of their wedding anniversary, Reyton buys three ambulances for France. Mrs. Reyton then sends the gown to her cousin Natalie. The garment so inspires Englishman Neil Cunningham that, to win Natalie's love, he returns home to enlist. In France, Neil proves himself a hero and, while leading an attack on a German stronghold, saves Andre's father, the mayor of the town, from death. Thus, the gown made a reality of Andre's dream to serve his ... +


Rejected by the army because of his petite size, French dress designer Andre Leriche conceives the idea of designing a gown that will aid his country. His employer, Madame Felice, sells the gown to Mrs. Mortimer Reyton, a middle-aged woman who is gradually losing the love of her husband. The gown so transforms her that, in honor of their wedding anniversary, Reyton buys three ambulances for France. Mrs. Reyton then sends the gown to her cousin Natalie. The garment so inspires Englishman Neil Cunningham that, to win Natalie's love, he returns home to enlist. In France, Neil proves himself a hero and, while leading an attack on a German stronghold, saves Andre's father, the mayor of the town, from death. Thus, the gown made a reality of Andre's dream to serve his country. +

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

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