Two young ladies, members of a dramatic stock company, are rivals for stellar honors. One seems to have had things her own way for a time, having been cast always for the leading roles, ... See full summary »
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Two young ladies, members of a dramatic stock company, are rivals for stellar honors. One seems to have had things her own way for a time, having been cast always for the leading roles, which opportunities made her the "public's pet." However, she does not wear the mantle of fame becomingly, for her success has made her petulant, peevish and selfish. On the other hand, her rival works studiously, and by her subtle art has won some attention, until during a performance of "Darkest Russia" she completely eclipses the histrionic luster of the hitherto favorite. In the Ballroom Scene (which is one of the most novel and pretentious ever staged in motion pictures) she simply carries all before her, eliciting thunderous applause and bravos of an enthusiastic audience, and the admiration of the pariahs and hoi pollois of the company. The curtain is raised again and again on the scene of her triumph, until she is called forward and a shower of floral tributes bestowed upon her. As may be ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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D.W. Griffith's Screen Debut
30 October 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

At the age of 33, David Wark Griffith made his screen debut as an extra in this film, 'Professional Jealousy'. He would go on to write, direct, produce and even edited his subsequent films with Mary Pickford, and set up United Artists with her, Charles Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks to control the distribution of his films.


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