The Fool (1925)

Drama | 1925

Director:

Harry Millarde

Writer:

Edmund Goulding

Cinematographer:

Joseph Ruttenberg

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
9 May 1925
p. 69.
Film Daily
10 May 1925
p. 10.
New York Times
13 Apr 1925
p. 24.
Variety
15 Apr 1925
p. 36.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1925
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 12 April 1925
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
29 March 1925
Copyright Number:
LP21448
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
9,453
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Daniel Gilchrist, an assistant rector in a fashionable church, preaches a sermon in which he exhorts his congregation to emulate the life of Christ by giving up worldy possessions in order to find spiritual happiness. Because of this radical point of view, Gilchrist is dismissed from his post and deserted by his fiancée, Clare, who soon marries Jerry Goodkind, the son of a millionaire. Daniel starts a mission, and there Clare, who has been badly hurt by the open and callous infidelity of her husband, comes to do volunteer work. Jerry accuses Clare of infidelity, and she comes to Daniel to seek solace; Daniel then bids her return to her husband and find solace through service to Christ. A distraught miner, Henning, who believes that Daniel seduced his wife, incites a mob to burn the mission; Daniel is beaten by the mob, whose fury abates only when Pearl, Hennig's wife, confesses that the man who seduced her was Jerry Goodkind. A small child, crippled since birth, sees Daniel lying on the ground, bleeding from the fury of the mob's unthinking blows, and haltingly walks to him; the crowd declares that it has seen a miracle. Jerry is emotionally shaken by the events, and his wealthy father comes to see that a truly Christian life is the only path to happiness on this ... +


Daniel Gilchrist, an assistant rector in a fashionable church, preaches a sermon in which he exhorts his congregation to emulate the life of Christ by giving up worldy possessions in order to find spiritual happiness. Because of this radical point of view, Gilchrist is dismissed from his post and deserted by his fiancée, Clare, who soon marries Jerry Goodkind, the son of a millionaire. Daniel starts a mission, and there Clare, who has been badly hurt by the open and callous infidelity of her husband, comes to do volunteer work. Jerry accuses Clare of infidelity, and she comes to Daniel to seek solace; Daniel then bids her return to her husband and find solace through service to Christ. A distraught miner, Henning, who believes that Daniel seduced his wife, incites a mob to burn the mission; Daniel is beaten by the mob, whose fury abates only when Pearl, Hennig's wife, confesses that the man who seduced her was Jerry Goodkind. A small child, crippled since birth, sees Daniel lying on the ground, bleeding from the fury of the mob's unthinking blows, and haltingly walks to him; the crowd declares that it has seen a miracle. Jerry is emotionally shaken by the events, and his wealthy father comes to see that a truly Christian life is the only path to happiness on this earth. +

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