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HISTORY

Although reviewers list the actor playing "James Garfield Trotter" as George Spotswood, the 1920 MPSD credits James C. Spottswood as acting in the film. Some scenes of the film were shot at Bay Shore, Long Island. An earlier version based on this play was produced in 1915 by the Lubin Mfg. Co. (see above). Warner Bros. Pictures released another version based on the play on 14 May 1927, directed by Paul Stein, and starring Irene Rich. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; ... More Less

Although reviewers list the actor playing "James Garfield Trotter" as George Spotswood, the 1920 MPSD credits James C. Spottswood as acting in the film. Some scenes of the film were shot at Bay Shore, Long Island. An earlier version based on this play was produced in 1915 by the Lubin Mfg. Co. (see above). Warner Bros. Pictures released another version based on the play on 14 May 1927, directed by Paul Stein, and starring Irene Rich. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.0922.) More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
1 Nov 19
p. 1875.
MPN
8 Nov 19
p. 3503.
MPW
8 Nov 19
pp. 245-6.
Variety
24 Jan 20
p. 60.
Wid's
9 Nov 19
p. 5.
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 November 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
9 October 1919
Copyright Number:
LP14277
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,644
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Blanche, the daughter of a self-made millionaire, is not ambitious like her mother and older sister. She says she is a climber for happiness, marriage and love, not for wealth. She marries Richard Sterling after he lies to her other suitor, Ned Warden, that they are engaged. After Blanche's father dies, Richard neglects her and engages in stock market speculation with securities from her father and others. His open love affair with a notorious woman causes Blanche suffering, but Ned stands by her. When Richard's deals fall through, Ned prevents his escape. After Richard confesses, in a room lit only by lightning, to his dishonesty and to being a climber after wealth, Ned helps him by persuading James Garfield Trotter, a newly rich man intent on becoming a social climber, to back Richard's notes. After Richard dies from an overdose of headache pills, Blanche realizes her love for ... +


Blanche, the daughter of a self-made millionaire, is not ambitious like her mother and older sister. She says she is a climber for happiness, marriage and love, not for wealth. She marries Richard Sterling after he lies to her other suitor, Ned Warden, that they are engaged. After Blanche's father dies, Richard neglects her and engages in stock market speculation with securities from her father and others. His open love affair with a notorious woman causes Blanche suffering, but Ned stands by her. When Richard's deals fall through, Ned prevents his escape. After Richard confesses, in a room lit only by lightning, to his dishonesty and to being a climber after wealth, Ned helps him by persuading James Garfield Trotter, a newly rich man intent on becoming a social climber, to back Richard's notes. After Richard dies from an overdose of headache pills, Blanche realizes her love for Ned. +

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Sub-genre:
Society


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AFI Life Achievement Award

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