The Vicar of Wakefield (1917)

Drama | March 1917

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HISTORY

Other films based on the Oliver Goldsmith include four British films: one made in 1912, two in 1913 and one in ... More Less

Other films based on the Oliver Goldsmith include four British films: one made in 1912, two in 1913 and one in 1916. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
24 Feb 17
p. 847.
MPN
23 Dec 16
p. 4025, 4026
MPN
17 Mar 17
p. 1717.
New York Times
26 Feb 17
p. 10.
NYDM
8 Dec 17
p. 18.
Variety
2 Mar 17
p. 25.
Wid's
8 Mar 17
p. 155.
DETAILS
Release Date:
March 1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5-6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The Vicar of Wakefield endures much hardship at the hands of misfortune. First his eldest son, spurned in love, leaves home, followed by the elopement of his eldest daughter, Olivia, with the unscrupulous Squire Wilmot. Next his youngest son, sent to sell the colt to obtain the tuition needed for his sisters' finishing school, squanders the money on green spectacles. The vicar then sets out in search of Olivia, only to have his horse and money stolen. Penniless, he joins a troop of strolling players and eventually finds Olivia, who has been abandoned by the squire. Father and daughter then return home only to find their house in flames. Soon after the squire reappears and has the old man thrown in prison for non-payment of debts. The Vicar's fate is mercifully reversed by the arrival of Mr. Burchell, the squire's superior who calls the squire to account and marries Olivia, and by the return of the vicar's eldest ... +


The Vicar of Wakefield endures much hardship at the hands of misfortune. First his eldest son, spurned in love, leaves home, followed by the elopement of his eldest daughter, Olivia, with the unscrupulous Squire Wilmot. Next his youngest son, sent to sell the colt to obtain the tuition needed for his sisters' finishing school, squanders the money on green spectacles. The vicar then sets out in search of Olivia, only to have his horse and money stolen. Penniless, he joins a troop of strolling players and eventually finds Olivia, who has been abandoned by the squire. Father and daughter then return home only to find their house in flames. Soon after the squire reappears and has the old man thrown in prison for non-payment of debts. The Vicar's fate is mercifully reversed by the arrival of Mr. Burchell, the squire's superior who calls the squire to account and marries Olivia, and by the return of the vicar's eldest son. +

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

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