Fools and Their Money (1919)

Comedy | 16 June 1919

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was The Family Trees ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Family Trees . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
21 Jun 19
p. 225.
MPN
28 Jun 19
p. 229.
MPW
28 Jun 19
p. 1989.
New York Morning Telegraph
21 Mar 19
p. 55.
Variety
20 Jun 19
p. 52.
Wid's
22 Jun 19
p. 21.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Family Trees
Release Date:
16 June 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
24 June 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13881
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Although her husband and children want to continue living modestly after they acquire a fortune from munitions, Mrs. Tompkins has social aspirations and persuades them to move into an exclusive country neighborhood and send their son Dick to Yale. When Mrs. Tompkins mistakes Louise Allenby, the daughter of her aristocratic neighbors, for a maid, Louise in jest pretends to be the Allenby social secretary. Dick, returning home, hears some girls giggling about Louise's joke on the Tompkins family and for revenge he becomes a groom for the Allenbys, but he and Louise fall in love. During a party, swindler Cholly Van Dusen steals some of the Allenby jewels and blames Louise who is put under arrest until her parents return. Cholly is then caught, Louise and Dick with revealed identities announce their love, and the Tompkinses are accepted ... +


Although her husband and children want to continue living modestly after they acquire a fortune from munitions, Mrs. Tompkins has social aspirations and persuades them to move into an exclusive country neighborhood and send their son Dick to Yale. When Mrs. Tompkins mistakes Louise Allenby, the daughter of her aristocratic neighbors, for a maid, Louise in jest pretends to be the Allenby social secretary. Dick, returning home, hears some girls giggling about Louise's joke on the Tompkins family and for revenge he becomes a groom for the Allenbys, but he and Louise fall in love. During a party, swindler Cholly Van Dusen steals some of the Allenby jewels and blames Louise who is put under arrest until her parents return. Cholly is then caught, Louise and Dick with revealed identities announce their love, and the Tompkinses are accepted socially. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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