The Fair Pretender (1918)

Comedy-drama | 19 May 1918

Director:

Charles Miller

Writer:

Florence Bolles

Production Designer:

Hugo Ballin

Production Company:

Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

One source lists art director Hugo Ballin as the ... More Less

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
15 Jun 18
p. 125.
MPN
15 Jun 18
p. 3596.
MPW
25 May 18
p. 1189.
MPW
26 Jan 18
p. 596.
NYDM
8 Jun 18
p. 812.
Variety
31 May 18
p. 29.
Wid's
26 May 18
pp. 11-12.
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 May 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
13 May 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12409
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Sylvia Maynard, stenographer to a theatrical producer, tries to prove to her boss that she can act by posing as a society woman at a lavish house party. Don Meredith, the struggling playwright who wrote the work in which Sylvia wishes to star, also masquerades as a famous writer at the party in order to prove that the central thesis of his play is valid: that one can pose in any role in high society and get away with it. Sylvia, introduced as the widow of Captain Milton Brown, falls in love with Don, but her joy turns to panic when her supposedly dead husband suddenly appears. The amused captain allows Sylvia to continue her impersonation for a time but advises her to leave the party. Don, heartbroken, also leaves, but after several adventures in which he helps Sylvia retrieve papers stolen during the party by a German spy, the two lovers are reunited in their true identities, and the play debuts ... +


Sylvia Maynard, stenographer to a theatrical producer, tries to prove to her boss that she can act by posing as a society woman at a lavish house party. Don Meredith, the struggling playwright who wrote the work in which Sylvia wishes to star, also masquerades as a famous writer at the party in order to prove that the central thesis of his play is valid: that one can pose in any role in high society and get away with it. Sylvia, introduced as the widow of Captain Milton Brown, falls in love with Don, but her joy turns to panic when her supposedly dead husband suddenly appears. The amused captain allows Sylvia to continue her impersonation for a time but advises her to leave the party. Don, heartbroken, also leaves, but after several adventures in which he helps Sylvia retrieve papers stolen during the party by a German spy, the two lovers are reunited in their true identities, and the play debuts successfully. +

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