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According to the 4 Sep 1915 Motion Picture News, the film was given a private screening at the Iris Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on 14 August 1915. The 8 January 1916 Moving Picture World noted that it was the second Paramount Pictures Corp. release to feature opera star Geraldine Farrar. Production was completed during the summer of 1915, as stated in the 11 September 1915 Motion Picture News. Various sources have listed Cecil B. DeMille as the film editor and Wilfred Buckland as the art director.
       The 8 January 1916 Moving Picture World claimed that the world premiere had taken place at the Superba Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, although no date was specified. Other pre-release openings included the New Strand Theatre in Chicago, IL, on 26 December 1915, and the Broadway Theatre in New York City on 2 January 1916. A general release followed on 6 January 1916.
       While the film garnered fairly positive reviews, the 31 December 1915 Variety accused Farrar of overacting, and the 8 January 1916 Moving Picture World suggested cutting the length by an additional 200 to 300 feet.
       An article in the 11 March 1916 Motography noted that Temptation held the attendance record for the Broadway Theatre until the March 1916 release of Poor Little Peppina (see entry), starring Mary Pickford.
       The picture was re-issued on 2 March 1919.
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According to the 4 Sep 1915 Motion Picture News, the film was given a private screening at the Iris Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on 14 August 1915. The 8 January 1916 Moving Picture World noted that it was the second Paramount Pictures Corp. release to feature opera star Geraldine Farrar. Production was completed during the summer of 1915, as stated in the 11 September 1915 Motion Picture News. Various sources have listed Cecil B. DeMille as the film editor and Wilfred Buckland as the art director.
       The 8 January 1916 Moving Picture World claimed that the world premiere had taken place at the Superba Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, although no date was specified. Other pre-release openings included the New Strand Theatre in Chicago, IL, on 26 December 1915, and the Broadway Theatre in New York City on 2 January 1916. A general release followed on 6 January 1916.
       While the film garnered fairly positive reviews, the 31 December 1915 Variety accused Farrar of overacting, and the 8 January 1916 Moving Picture World suggested cutting the length by an additional 200 to 300 feet.
       An article in the 11 March 1916 Motography noted that Temptation held the attendance record for the Broadway Theatre until the March 1916 release of Poor Little Peppina (see entry), starring Mary Pickford.
       The picture was re-issued on 2 March 1919.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
15 Mar 1919
p. 1151, 1159
Motion Picture News
4 Sep 1915
p. 67
Motion Picture News
11 Sep 1915
p. 56
Motion Picture News
25 Dec 1915
p. 82
Motion Picture News
15 Jan 1916
p. 260, 274
Motography
1 Jan 1916
p. 4
Motography
11 Mar 1916
p. 574
Moving Picture World
18 Dec 1915
p. 2208
Moving Picture World
25 Dec 1915
p. 2460
Moving Picture World
1 Jan 1916
p. 62
Moving Picture World
8 Jan 1916
p. 177, 229, 258, 308
Moving Picture World
15 Jan 1916
p. 398, 442
New York Times
3 Jan 1916
p. 22
NYDM
8 Jan 1916
p. 30
Variety
18 Dec 1915
p. 26
Variety
31 Dec 1915
p. 24
DETAILS
Release Date:
December 1915
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: late Dec 1915; Chicago opening: 26 Dec 1915; New York opening: 2 Jan 1916
Production Date:
summer 1915
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co., Inc.
22 December 1915
LU7262
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Aspiring opera singer Renee Dupree is discovered by impresario Otto Muller. Taken with her beauty, Otto offers her the starring role in his company's next production. Renee happily accepts only to realize that Otto intends for her to become his mistress. Because she is engaged to Julien, a poor but talented composer, Renee refuses Otto and is fired. Otto then learns that Julien is Renee's fiancé and rejects the composer’s opera. Desperate for money, Julien finds work in a foundry, an exhausting job that ruins his health. Distressed over her lover's condition, Renee agrees to Otto's demands if he promises to produce Julien's opera with her as star. Following the opening performance, Renee intends to keep her promise to Otto, but discovers that he has been killed by a jilted ...

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Aspiring opera singer Renee Dupree is discovered by impresario Otto Muller. Taken with her beauty, Otto offers her the starring role in his company's next production. Renee happily accepts only to realize that Otto intends for her to become his mistress. Because she is engaged to Julien, a poor but talented composer, Renee refuses Otto and is fired. Otto then learns that Julien is Renee's fiancé and rejects the composer’s opera. Desperate for money, Julien finds work in a foundry, an exhausting job that ruins his health. Distressed over her lover's condition, Renee agrees to Otto's demands if he promises to produce Julien's opera with her as star. Following the opening performance, Renee intends to keep her promise to Otto, but discovers that he has been killed by a jilted mistress.

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