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Alla Nazimova had her first American triumph in the play which opened in New York on 11 Nov 1912. Exterior scenes in the film were shot in Florida. According to a news item, the original plan was to shoot these scenes in Egypt, but because of the war, this was not carried out. The Famous Players-Lasky Corp. produced a film from the same source, which was released on 1 Apr 1923. George Fitzmaurice directed, and Pola Negri, Conway Tearle, and Conrad Nagel starred in it. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; ... More Less

Alla Nazimova had her first American triumph in the play which opened in New York on 11 Nov 1912. Exterior scenes in the film were shot in Florida. According to a news item, the original plan was to shoot these scenes in Egypt, but because of the war, this was not carried out. The Famous Players-Lasky Corp. produced a film from the same source, which was released on 1 Apr 1923. George Fitzmaurice directed, and Pola Negri, Conway Tearle, and Conrad Nagel starred in it. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.0339.) More Less

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DATE
PAGE
Motog
13 Nov 15
pp. 1022-23.
Motog
4 Dec 15
p. 1193, 1211
MPN
18 Sep 15
p. 66.
MPN
20 Nov 15
p. 1560.
MPW
20 Nov 15
p. 1510.
MPW
27 Nov 15
p. 1730.
New York Times
15 Nov 15
p. 11.
NYDM
27 Nov 15
p. 28.
Variety
19 Nov 15
p. 23.
Wid's
2 Dec 1915.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Bella Donna by Robert Smythe Hichens (London, 1909) and the play of the same name by James Bernard Fagan (London, 9 Dec 1911).
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 November 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players Film Co.
Copyright Date:
12 November 1915
Copyright Number:
LU6988
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Thinking that the Hon. Nigel Armine will soon inherit a title and large fortune, widow Mrs. Chepstow, known to London society as Bella Donna, weds him despite the warnings to Nigel of his friend, Dr. Isaacson, about her scandalous past. They go to live in Egypt, where, while Nigel is away, Bella Donna begins an affair with the wealthy Baroudi, whose brutal manner attracts her. As Nigel's fortune dwindles, his wife's disdain for him increases until she agrees to Baroudi's suggestion that she slowly poison him. After Isaacson saves Nigel's life and fails to convince him of his wife's subterfuge, Bella Donna, exasperated with her husband's naïve trust, confesses the murder attempt in a fit of abuse, and leaves. Baroudi, who is with another woman, tells Bella Donna that she is too dangerous a toy for him, and turns her away. After Isaacson refuses to allow her to re-enter Nigel's home, she wanders into the Sahara and perishes in a sandstorm as a lean jackal ... +


Thinking that the Hon. Nigel Armine will soon inherit a title and large fortune, widow Mrs. Chepstow, known to London society as Bella Donna, weds him despite the warnings to Nigel of his friend, Dr. Isaacson, about her scandalous past. They go to live in Egypt, where, while Nigel is away, Bella Donna begins an affair with the wealthy Baroudi, whose brutal manner attracts her. As Nigel's fortune dwindles, his wife's disdain for him increases until she agrees to Baroudi's suggestion that she slowly poison him. After Isaacson saves Nigel's life and fails to convince him of his wife's subterfuge, Bella Donna, exasperated with her husband's naïve trust, confesses the murder attempt in a fit of abuse, and leaves. Baroudi, who is with another woman, tells Bella Donna that she is too dangerous a toy for him, and turns her away. After Isaacson refuses to allow her to re-enter Nigel's home, she wanders into the Sahara and perishes in a sandstorm as a lean jackal watches. +

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