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A Fool There Was (1915)

A married diplomat falls hopelessly under the spell of a predatory woman.





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Complete credited cast:
Mabel Frenyear ...
The Wife
Edward José ...
The Husband
The Wife's Sister
The Friend
Victor Benoit ...
One of Her Victims
Frank Powell ...
The Doctor
Minna Gale ...
The Doctor's Fiancee
Minor Role


John Schuyler, happily married Wall Street lawyer, is appointed as special diplomatic representative to England. By an unhappy accident, his wife and child can't come along; but on the ship with him is "The Vampire," a "notorious woman" who lives off a succession of men she has seduced and ruined. Slighted by Mrs. Schuyler, she has set her sights on the husband. Two months later, we find the Fool languishing with the mistress who has him enmeshed in her toils. Will he follow the others to the depths of degradation? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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12 January 1915 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A veszedelmes asszony  »

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The first time the line "Kiss me, you fool!" appeared in a film. See more »


The sun sets in the west, yet the action takes place on the East Coast, so where were the family when looking into the sunset? See more »


The Vampire: Kiss me, my Fool!
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The Inimitable Theda Bara!
29 December 1999 | by (Swansea, IL USA) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful early cinematic gem that we are fortunate to have survived. The strong screen presence of the legendary Theda Bara is its greatest attribute. I don't think her talent gets the recognition it deserves and this is sadly due to the fact that this and one other film, 1925's "The Unchastened Woman" actually survive to my knowledge. Ms. Bara was the ultimate femme fatale and this is clearly seen in this film, her first starring role. Her film career was relatively short and many of her films were the tragic result of deteriation that so many of the early nitrate films were subject to. This makes film preservation a very vital movement so that many movie icons, such as Ms. Bara can be preserved for posterity.

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