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Destruction (1915)

 |  Drama  |  26 December 1915 (USA)
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Fernande marries a man and schemes to get his wealth when his expected death occurs. But he dies before he can change his will. She next tries to kill the son who inherits, but he outfoxes her.



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Complete credited cast:
Ferdinande Martin
J. Herbert Frank ...
Dave Walker
James A. Furey ...
John Froment Sr.
Gaston Bell ...
John Froment III
Mr. Deleveau
Esther Hoier ...
Josine Walker
James Sheridan ...
Josine's Brother (as Master Tansey)
Arthur Morrison ...
Frank Evans ...
Mill Foreman
Carleton Macy ...
John Froment Jr.
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnnie Walker ...
(as J. Walker)


Fernande marries a man and schemes to get his wealth when his expected death occurs. But he dies before he can change his will. She next tries to kill the son who inherits, but he outfoxes her.

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The most famous vampire in her most daring role brings ruin and disaster to thousands






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26 December 1915 (USA)  »

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La ravageuse  »

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1.33 : 1
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When John Froment III ( Gaston Bell ), a college student known as "Jack," learns that his father ( James A. Furey ), a wealthy mill owner, has married the temptress Ferdinande Martin ( Theda Bara ), he warns his father, but Ferdinande claims that she earlier refused Jack's proposal, and Froment disregards the warning. After Froment complains about Ferdinande's extravagances, she convinces his manager, Deleveau ( Warner Oland ), who desires her, to reduce the workers' wages. A strike is called, which to Ferdinande's delight, worsens Froment's serious heart condition. After Dave Walker ( J. Herbert Frank ), a worker who abuses his wife Josine ( Esther Hoier ), is wounded during a riot, Jack befriends Josine and urges his father to settle. When Ferdinande accuses Jack of trying to ravish her, Froment orders Jack out, and decides to change his will to favour Ferdinande, but Froment's invalid grandfather sees Ferdinande try to poison Froment, and warns him. After Froment sees Ferdinande embracing Deleveau, he locks the original will away, and dies. Later, Ferdinande convinces Walker that Jack is involved with Josine. Walker then rapes Ferdinande and attacks Jack. After escaping to the Froment mansion, he dies with Ferdinande as it burns. Jack marries Josine, and the community thrives.

This 1915 silent drama was produced by the Fox Film Corporation, starring actress Theda Bara. Unfortunately it remains among the many lost films of the popular silent screen star, Theda Bara.

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