The Luck of Geraldine Laird (1920)

Drama | 1 February 1920

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HISTORY

This was the third Kathleen Norris story in which Bessie Barriscale starred. The working title of the film was Woman and Wife ... More Less

This was the third Kathleen Norris story in which Bessie Barriscale starred. The working title of the film was Woman and Wife . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
MPN
14 Feb 20
p. 1753, 1910
MPW
24 Jan 20
p. 556.
MPW
7 Feb 20
p. 919.
MPW
5 Jun 20
p. 4691.
Wid's
1 Feb 20
p. 23.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Luck of Geraldine Laird by Kathleen Norris in Pictorial Review (Oct 1918-Jan 1919).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Woman and Wife
Release Date:
1 February 1920
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,000
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Although she is married, Geraldine Laird insists upon living with her mother, much to the disgust of her husband Dean, who would prefer a smaller house where he would see more of his family and less of his in-laws and uninvited guests. Laird has an ambition to write plays, so when Kennedy Bond, a literary agent, visits the village and tells him he has talent, Laird accompanies her back to New York. Geraldine, determined to save her husband, follows him to the city. There she accepts a job as a saleswoman and is discovered by a theatrical manager who sees her impersonations of actress Sarah Bernhardt and offers her a job. Becoming a theatrical star, Geraldine encounters her husband, the failed playwright, at a banquet given in her honor. After denouncing him in front of the guests, Geraldine later forgets her anger and they are ... +


Although she is married, Geraldine Laird insists upon living with her mother, much to the disgust of her husband Dean, who would prefer a smaller house where he would see more of his family and less of his in-laws and uninvited guests. Laird has an ambition to write plays, so when Kennedy Bond, a literary agent, visits the village and tells him he has talent, Laird accompanies her back to New York. Geraldine, determined to save her husband, follows him to the city. There she accepts a job as a saleswoman and is discovered by a theatrical manager who sees her impersonations of actress Sarah Bernhardt and offers her a job. Becoming a theatrical star, Geraldine encounters her husband, the failed playwright, at a banquet given in her honor. After denouncing him in front of the guests, Geraldine later forgets her anger and they are reconciled. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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