The Craving (1918)

Drama | September 1918

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HISTORY

This film was copyrighted on 7 Jun 1918 under the title Delirium . The synopsis of the story included in the copyright descriptions at that time is slightly different from that of the final film, and the character names are different: Francis Ford played "Howard King, Scientist," Duke Worne played "Dick," Jean Hathaway played "Mrs. King," Peter Gerald played "David Vaban," and Mae Gaston played "Beaulah Martin." The film opened in New York in Sep 1918, and was released to the state rights market by M. H. Hoffman. Universal, who produced the film, acquired it in Dec 1918 from Argosy Films Co., and released it as a Bluebird Photoplay on 13 Jan ... More Less

This film was copyrighted on 7 Jun 1918 under the title Delirium . The synopsis of the story included in the copyright descriptions at that time is slightly different from that of the final film, and the character names are different: Francis Ford played "Howard King, Scientist," Duke Worne played "Dick," Jean Hathaway played "Mrs. King," Peter Gerald played "David Vaban," and Mae Gaston played "Beaulah Martin." The film opened in New York in Sep 1918, and was released to the state rights market by M. H. Hoffman. Universal, who produced the film, acquired it in Dec 1918 from Argosy Films Co., and released it as a Bluebird Photoplay on 13 Jan 1919. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
18 Jan 19
p. 583.
MPN
4 Jan 19
p. 92.
MPN
18 Jan 19
p. 448.
MPW
7 Feb 19
p. 59.
MPW
9 Nov 18
p. 694.
New York Times
23 Sep 18
p. 7.
Variety
27 Sep 18
p. 42.
Wid's
29 Sep 18
p. 23.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Delirium
Release Date:
September 1918
Copyright Claimants:
Universal Film Mfg. Co., Inc. Bluebird Photoplays, Inc.
Copyright Dates:
7 June 1918 31 December 1918
Copyright Numbers:
LP12518 LP13233
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

After inventor Carroll Wayles develops a powerful explosive that may be valuable to the government, Ala Kasarib, an East Indian inventor, comes to America to obtain the formula. He entices Carroll with his ward, Beulah Grey, the daughter of a deceased British Army officer. After Kasarib offers Carroll a drink, Carroll declines, saying he is an alcoholic, and relates his last delirium in which he saw tiny dancing girls in his champagne glass, within the bottle, and as part of the stream of liquor being poured. He cavorted with the nude girls and kept one inside his breast pocket. Kasarib hypnotizes Beulah to get the formula. When Carroll discovers that she gave it to Kasarib, he dejectedly drinks until a vision of the European battlefields sobers him up. At Kasarib's laboratory where Beulah is imprisoned, Carroll's struggle with Kasarib ignites the explosive, killing Kasarib. Now in love, Carroll and Beulah go to Carroll's mother and ... +


After inventor Carroll Wayles develops a powerful explosive that may be valuable to the government, Ala Kasarib, an East Indian inventor, comes to America to obtain the formula. He entices Carroll with his ward, Beulah Grey, the daughter of a deceased British Army officer. After Kasarib offers Carroll a drink, Carroll declines, saying he is an alcoholic, and relates his last delirium in which he saw tiny dancing girls in his champagne glass, within the bottle, and as part of the stream of liquor being poured. He cavorted with the nude girls and kept one inside his breast pocket. Kasarib hypnotizes Beulah to get the formula. When Carroll discovers that she gave it to Kasarib, he dejectedly drinks until a vision of the European battlefields sobers him up. At Kasarib's laboratory where Beulah is imprisoned, Carroll's struggle with Kasarib ignites the explosive, killing Kasarib. Now in love, Carroll and Beulah go to Carroll's mother and brother. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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