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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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Runa Hodges ...
Mabel Frenyear ...
The Wife
Edward José ...
The Husband
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The Wife's Sister
Clifford Bruce ...
The Friend
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Victor Benoit ...
One of Her Victims
Frank Powell ...
The Doctor
Minna Gale ...
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Creighton Hale ...
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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)  »

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A veszedelmes asszony  »

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Other actresses considered by director Frank Powell as the vamp were Valeska Suratt and Madlaine Traverse. He almost settled on Virginia Pearson before giving it to Theda Bara. See more »

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During the "sunset of happiness" shot, the ocean waves are going in reverse, showing the film has been run backwards. See more »

Quotes

Second Victim: [to Parmalee] Look what she as done to me. Look what she's doing to you!
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Referenced in Torchy Runs for Mayor (1939) See more »

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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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