A Doll's House (1918)

Drama | 2 June 1918

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HISTORY

According to a news item, the interiors for this film were shot at the Famous Players-Lasky Corp. studios in Fort Lee, NJ, while some of the exteriors were shot in northern Maine. Among the many other versions of A Doll's House are a 1922 United Artists release, directed by Charles Bryant and starring Nazimova (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.1386); NBC-TV's 1959 Hallmark Hall of Fame production, directed by George Schaefer and starring Julie Harris; the 1973 Paramount film, directed by Patrick Garland and starring Claire Bloom; the 1973 British production, directed by Joseph Losey and starring Jane Fonda; and 1973's Nora Helmer, made for German television by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and starring Margit Carstensen. Although the last name of the main characters in Ibsen's play is Helmer, all contemporary reviews and publicity for the film used the spelling Helmar. ...

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According to a news item, the interiors for this film were shot at the Famous Players-Lasky Corp. studios in Fort Lee, NJ, while some of the exteriors were shot in northern Maine. Among the many other versions of A Doll's House are a 1922 United Artists release, directed by Charles Bryant and starring Nazimova (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.1386); NBC-TV's 1959 Hallmark Hall of Fame production, directed by George Schaefer and starring Julie Harris; the 1973 Paramount film, directed by Patrick Garland and starring Claire Bloom; the 1973 British production, directed by Joseph Losey and starring Jane Fonda; and 1973's Nora Helmer, made for German television by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and starring Margit Carstensen. Although the last name of the main characters in Ibsen's play is Helmer, all contemporary reviews and publicity for the film used the spelling Helmar.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
18 May 1918
p. 1912
ETR
15 Jun 1918
p. 124
MPN
8 Jun 1918
p. 3400
NYDM
15 Sep 1917
p. 1862, 1864
Variety
31 May 1918
p. 29
Wid's
2 Jun 1918
pp. 19-20
DETAILS
Release Date:
2 June 1918
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
22 May 1918
LP12455
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,576
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Nora Helmar, the secluded and subservient wife of young lawyer Thorvald Helmar, secretly forges her deceased father's name to a security note and borrows enough money from a shady moneylender named Krogstadt to send her ailing husband abroad. The trip restores Helmar's health, and several years later, he is appointed the manager of the bank in which Krogstadt is employed. When Helmar discharges Krogstadt for dishonest dealings, the latter angrily sends a letter to the Helmar home revealing Nora's secret. Helmar renounces his wife, and although Krogstadt later promises to keep silent about the forgery, Nora, now painfully aware of her husband's selfishness, leaves ...

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Nora Helmar, the secluded and subservient wife of young lawyer Thorvald Helmar, secretly forges her deceased father's name to a security note and borrows enough money from a shady moneylender named Krogstadt to send her ailing husband abroad. The trip restores Helmar's health, and several years later, he is appointed the manager of the bank in which Krogstadt is employed. When Helmar discharges Krogstadt for dishonest dealings, the latter angrily sends a letter to the Helmar home revealing Nora's secret. Helmar renounces his wife, and although Krogstadt later promises to keep silent about the forgery, Nora, now painfully aware of her husband's selfishness, leaves him.

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