Mary Adams, a young school teacher, when not engaged in her work, dreams of the days when the world was peopled by knights and beautiful ladies in distress. She is so imbued with the spirit... See full summary »



(scenario), (novel) (as Thomas F. Dixon Jr.)


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Credited cast:
Jim Anthony
Paul Capellani ...
Dr. Mulford
Catherine Proctor ...
Nance Anthony
James Sheridan ...
Jim (as Sheridan Tansey)
William Welsh ...
Jim's father
Marie Lines ...
Agnes Mapes ...
Ella Swanson
Edward Elkas ...
Jacqueline Morhange ...
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Anna Osgood ...
Little Girl


Mary Adams, a young school teacher, when not engaged in her work, dreams of the days when the world was peopled by knights and beautiful ladies in distress. She is so imbued with the spirit of romance that when a strange young man rescues her from a street ruffian she idolizes her hero, picturing him as a regular Sir Galahad. Mary's rescuer is Jim Anthony, a mechanic with inventive talents. His invention is stolen and, embittered by the experience, Jim becomes a burglar. Mary, knowing nothing of this, falls in love with and marries him. Anthony is a product of the slums and in his wanderings has lost track of his mother. Learning that she is living in the mountains of Carolina, Jim persuades Mary to go with him to visit her. He takes with him a bag of jewelry, the plunder gained in his recent robberies. The young couple find Anthony's mother living alone in a hut. The old woman has become a wretched creature. She fails to recognize her son, who asks for a night's shelter for himself ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Release Date:

26 September 1916 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La vierge folle  »

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1.33 : 1
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Tragic Loss For Silent Cinema
28 October 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Schoolteacher Mary Adams ( Clara Kimball Young ) is so imbued with fantasies of knights in shining armour that when Jim Anthony ( Conway Tearle ) rescues her from a street ruffian, Mary is convinced that he is her Sir Gallahad. Jim, an embittered inventor turned burglar, marries the girl who is innocent of his illegal dealings. Learning that the mother who deserted him is living in the North Carolina mountains, Jim convinces Mary to go with him to visit her. The mother, a wretched creature, does not recognize her son, but allows them to spend the night. Discovering the bag of stolen jewels that Jim has secreted, the old woman attempts to kill her own son. Finding Jim unconscious from a knife wound, Mary flees for help to Dr. Mulford ( Paul Capellani ). The doctor saves Jim but advises him to redeem himself. Jim does so and after returning the stolen jewels, reconciles with Mary.

This 1916 silent drama was based on the novel The Foolish Virgin by Thomas Dixon and produced by Clara Kimball Young Film Corporation with filming shot at the Blaché studio in New Jersey. Starring popular silent cinema actress Clara Kimball Young and Conway Tearle, with Rudolph Valentino having an uncredited role in this film that now tragically remains among the many lost silent films.

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