The Fortune Teller (1920)

Drama | 16 May 1920

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HISTORY

Marjorie Rambeau also starred in the Broadway production of the play. The film was shot at the Solax studios in Fort Lee, NJ and was originally to be released by Pathé Exchange, Inc. It opened for a special run in New York on 9 May 1920. Some reviews give the length as five ... More Less

Marjorie Rambeau also starred in the Broadway production of the play. The film was shot at the Solax studios in Fort Lee, NJ and was originally to be released by Pathé Exchange, Inc. It opened for a special run in New York on 9 May 1920. Some reviews give the length as five reels. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
22 May 20
p. 2854.
ETR
29 May 20
p. 2966.
MPN
22 May 20
p. 4401.
MPW
29 May 20
p. 1234.
Variety
14 May 20
p. 34.
Wid's
16 May 20
p. 13.
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Special
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LITERARY
Based on the play The Fortune Teller by Leighton Osmun (New York, 27 Feb 1919).
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 May 1920
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Renee Browning is falsely accused of having an illicit affair with circus manager Tony Salviatti, her jealous husband Horatio divorces her and takes custody of their little boy Stephen, to whom she had been devoted. Renee accepts a position as a circus fortune-teller, where she gradually deteriorates into drunken degradation. Twenty years later, Stephen, discouraged and down on his luck, comes to have his fortune told. Upon learning his name, Renee encourages him without revealing her true identity. With the fortune-teller's inspiration, Stephen becomes a successful political candidate and becomes engaged to the governor's daughter. Inspired by Stephen's success, Renee reforms and finally wins the respect and recognition of her ... +


When Renee Browning is falsely accused of having an illicit affair with circus manager Tony Salviatti, her jealous husband Horatio divorces her and takes custody of their little boy Stephen, to whom she had been devoted. Renee accepts a position as a circus fortune-teller, where she gradually deteriorates into drunken degradation. Twenty years later, Stephen, discouraged and down on his luck, comes to have his fortune told. Upon learning his name, Renee encourages him without revealing her true identity. With the fortune-teller's inspiration, Stephen becomes a successful political candidate and becomes engaged to the governor's daughter. Inspired by Stephen's success, Renee reforms and finally wins the respect and recognition of her son. +

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

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