A strait-laced amateur sociologist, Phillips Christy, from a wealthy family subscribes to the theory that people are shaped by their environment. When he falls in love with Diane, a ... See full summary »

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Diane
Sam De Grasse ...
Phillips Christy
Howard Gaye ...
Don Livingston
Lillian Langdon ...
Marcia Christy
Allan Sears ...
Jimmie Darcy (as A.D. Sears)
Wilbur Higby ...
Theatrical Manager
William De Vaull ...
Butler
Wilhelmina Siegmann ...
Bijou Christy
Adele Clifton ...
Follies Girl
Clara Morris ...
Follies Girl
Helen Wolcott ...
Follies Girl
Grace Heins ...
Follies Girl
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A strait-laced amateur sociologist, Phillips Christy, from a wealthy family subscribes to the theory that people are shaped by their environment. When he falls in love with Diane, a showgirl from the follies, he sees a chance to prove his theory to be correct--he will marry her and mold her to be "cultivated" and "sophisticated". However, fate intervenes to put a crimp in his plans. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Diana of the Follies  »

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Diane of the Follies (1916) --- Sad Loss
30 June 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Aristocrat Phillips Christy ( Sam DE Grasse ), an emotionless amateur sociologist, believes that people are shaped by environment, and when he falls in love with Diane ( Lillian Gish ) , a follies actress, he vows to put theory into practice. By marrying Diane, he feels that he will cultivate all of her "better" qualities. After a few years of Phillips' high-tone, snobbish lifestyle, however, Diane yearns for a return to the stage, and when Phillips disapproves of a visit from some of her theatrical friends, she leaves her husband and daughter Bijou ( Wilhelmina Siegmann ), and becomes a Broadway star. When Bijou dies suddenly, Phillips asks Diane to come back to him after the funeral, but Diane tells him that she will stay on the stage and that the different lives they have chosen mean that they will never see each other again.

This 1916 silent drama was produced by the Fine Arts Film Company, and directed by Christy Cabanne. Starring the beautiful Lillian Gish, sadly this film remains lost. Hopefully a copy survives and resurfaces for fans of Miss Gish and silent cinema.


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