The Belle of the Season (1919)

Drama | 28 July 1919

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HISTORY

This film was shot at the end of 1916, and was scheduled to be released first in Mar and later in May 1917. Director, writer and actor S. Rankin Drew left the U.S. after completion of the film to join the fighting forces in France. He became a member of the Franco-American Air Corps and died in the war, during the spring of 1918, at the age of ... More Less

This film was shot at the end of 1916, and was scheduled to be released first in Mar and later in May 1917. Director, writer and actor S. Rankin Drew left the U.S. after completion of the film to join the fighting forces in France. He became a member of the Franco-American Air Corps and died in the war, during the spring of 1918, at the age of twenty-seven. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
16 Aug 19
p. 914.
MPN
2 Dec 16
p. 3455.
Variety
1 Aug 19
p. 52.
Wid's
19 Jan 18
p. 416.
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SOURCES
LITERARY
Inspired by a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (publication undetermined).
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 July 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
4 August 1919
Copyright Number:
LP14028
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,600
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Growing up as the son of the owner of a great newspaper, James Alden sympathizes with working people and is particularly repulsed by the publicity given the "billion-dollar baby," Geraldine Keen. After starting in a settlement house, he quarrels with his father and leaves home. "Jerry" Keen drives through her father's mills and is horrified by the poverty there, but Brophy, her executor, refuses to improve conditions. Disguised in maid's clothes, Jerry is accosted by the bully Johnson as she views the conditions, but Alden rescues her. He shows her the settlement house and she begins to help in the evenings. The night before her twenty-first birthday, Brophy follows Jerry to the settlement house where Johnson rouses striking workers to attack him, but he is protected by Alden. On coming of age, Jerry agrees to the strikers' demands, then she and Alden become engaged, but he disappears after reading a newspaper account of her. Through Alden's father and Brophy, Jerry finds him, they reconcile and ... +


Growing up as the son of the owner of a great newspaper, James Alden sympathizes with working people and is particularly repulsed by the publicity given the "billion-dollar baby," Geraldine Keen. After starting in a settlement house, he quarrels with his father and leaves home. "Jerry" Keen drives through her father's mills and is horrified by the poverty there, but Brophy, her executor, refuses to improve conditions. Disguised in maid's clothes, Jerry is accosted by the bully Johnson as she views the conditions, but Alden rescues her. He shows her the settlement house and she begins to help in the evenings. The night before her twenty-first birthday, Brophy follows Jerry to the settlement house where Johnson rouses striking workers to attack him, but he is protected by Alden. On coming of age, Jerry agrees to the strikers' demands, then she and Alden become engaged, but he disappears after reading a newspaper account of her. Through Alden's father and Brophy, Jerry finds him, they reconcile and marry. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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