Full page view
HISTORY

Fox remade this story in 1932 under the title Too Busy To Work , directed by J. G. Blystone and starring Will Rogers and Marian ... More Less

Fox remade this story in 1932 under the title Too Busy To Work , directed by J. G. Blystone and starring Will Rogers and Marian Nixon. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
10 May 19
p. 1757.
MPN
10 May 19
p. 3098.
MPW
10 May 19
p. 940.
Variety
4 Jan 19
p. 93.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "After His Own Heart" by Ben Ames Williams in All-Story Weekly (4 Jan-25 Jan 1919).
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 April 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
2 May 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13665
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After a trustee absconds with his fortune, socialite Thomas Wentworth Duncan meets Sally Reeves, an old flame, and with his love for her newly rekindled, realizes he lacks the money to which she is accustomed. Desperately desiring to marry Sally, Duncan accepts, without question, an offer of $250,000, only to discover that he has sold his heart to Dr. Spleen, a surgeon who plans to exchange the organ with that of Sally's rich elderly uncle, Judah P. Corpus, who wants to remain young. When Duncan learns that Spleen's previous heart transplant patients, two dogs, have died, Duncan reneges, but a huge attendant prevents him from leaving Spleen's island sanitarium. After Spleen dies from excitement before he can begin the operation, Duncan's fortune is restored. Corpus believes the operation to have been a success and Duncan and Sally ... +


After a trustee absconds with his fortune, socialite Thomas Wentworth Duncan meets Sally Reeves, an old flame, and with his love for her newly rekindled, realizes he lacks the money to which she is accustomed. Desperately desiring to marry Sally, Duncan accepts, without question, an offer of $250,000, only to discover that he has sold his heart to Dr. Spleen, a surgeon who plans to exchange the organ with that of Sally's rich elderly uncle, Judah P. Corpus, who wants to remain young. When Duncan learns that Spleen's previous heart transplant patients, two dogs, have died, Duncan reneges, but a huge attendant prevents him from leaving Spleen's island sanitarium. After Spleen dies from excitement before he can begin the operation, Duncan's fortune is restored. Corpus believes the operation to have been a success and Duncan and Sally marry. +

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

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.