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The Gilded Spider (1916)

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An unusual story about the crossing paths of the poor Italian family of the sculptor Giovanni (Lon Chaney) and a reckless American millionaire, Cyrus Kirkham (Gilmore Hammond). Louise ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Louise Lovely ...
Lule Warrenton ...
Gilmore Hammond ...
Cyrus Kirkham
Marjorie Ellison ...
Mrs. Kirkham
Hayward Mack ...
Burton Armitage
Jay Belasco ...
Paul Winston


An unusual story about the crossing paths of the poor Italian family of the sculptor Giovanni (Lon Chaney) and a reckless American millionaire, Cyrus Kirkham (Gilmore Hammond). Louise Lovely plays two parts - Giovanni's wife Leonita, who comes to grief when Cyrus falls in love with her, and Giovanni's daughter Elisa, whose beauty brings a horrific resolution to the two family's woes. Written by Camille Scaysbrook <[]>

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8 May 1916 (USA)  »

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The Full Cup  »

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The Gilded Spider (1916) -- Lost
23 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In a little Italian village live Giovanni ( Lon Chaney ), who spends his time carving plaster statuettes, his wife Leonita ( Louise Lovely ), their daughter Elisa ( Louise Lovely ), and his wife's mother Rosa ( Lule Warrenton ). While cruising on his yacht on the Mediterranean, Cyrus Kirkham ( Gilmore Hammond ), a dissolute American millionaire, sees Leonita dancing and decides he must have her. He kidnaps the young wife, and to avoid his unwanted attentions, she jumps from the yacht and is drowned. Kirkham returns to America and marries Norma Winston ( Marjorie Ellison ), who marries him for his money and security, even though she really loves a poor man, Burton Armitage ( Hayward Mack ). The years pass and Norma has devoted her life to charitable works. Armitage has come into great wealth, but squanders it on wild living due to his sorrow at losing Norma. Giovanni brings his family to America to seek their fortune. Paul Winston ( Jay Belasco ), a poor artist, sees Elisa and persuades her to pose for a painting, but after the picture is finished, he loses track of her. Norma has established a mission in the Italian quarter where Elisa often comes, and one day Paul sees her there and they renew their acquaintance. Giovanni has found out where Kirkham lives, and he plans to kidnap Norma and demand ransom from her husband. His plan is foiled when Winston arrives at the mission; he alerts the police who capture the gang and free Norma. Meanwhile, Elisa has been tricked into Kirkham's home while he is having a wild party. Giovanni arrives at the home, and when Kirkham sees him, he drops dead from a heart attack. Giovanni sees his daughter dancing, and the vivid recollections of her mother's tragic death unbalances his mind. Before he can be stopped, Giovanni jumps from the roof and is killed. Elisa rushes to Paul's waiting arms, and Armitage is reunited with Norma.

This 1916 silent drama produced by Universal/Bluebird Photoplays, starring Lon Chaney and Louise Lovely, tragically remains a lost film. I am including an original film review.

"In many ways attractive, blessed with fine types and an excellent cast, THE GILDED SPIDER brings criticism on itself by way of unprofessional construction. The story rambles considerably and gives the impression of being loose-jointed. Louise Lovely...plays well the role of Leonita...Lon Chaney also gives a good impersonation of the Italian." - Moving Picture World

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