Needs 5 Ratings

The Price of a Good Time (1917)

A poor shopgirl is offered a "good time" for a week by the son of her employer. She accepts, but the offer is misunderstood by her brother, who informs the girl's parents of her "fling."


(story), (continuity) | 1 more credit »


Cast overview:
Her Mother (as Ann Schaefer)
Preston Winfield
Adele Farrington ...
His Mother
Mis Schyler


Poor Linnie, ( Mildred Harris ) lives a dreary life with her paralytic father and outspoken brother. Working as a shop girl, she one day catches the eye of her employers son Preston, ( Kenneth Harlan ) who decides he would like to brighten her life. For the next six evenings, all of Linnie's dreams come true, dining out, motoring and enjoying the theater. However, her brother discovers them at his house on their last evening out, and the disgraced Linnie throws herself under Preston's car rather than face the humiliation of a scandal. Written by Pamela Short

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

4 November 1917 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Whim  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Lost Mildred Harris Silent Film
3 September 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Linnie ( Mildred Harris ) lives an unhappy life in a sordid home of poverty with her paralytic father and miserable brother. She works in a department store as a clerk and one day captures the interest of her employer's son, Preston Winfield ( Kenneth Harlan ). Depressed by a loveless match his parents have arranged for him, Preston desires to brighten the life of one of his father's clerks. While his family is away, Preston persuades Linnie to accept money to buy some new clothes, and arranges for them to spend the next six nights doing whatever she wishes. Linnie's dreams come true as they enjoy dining, motoring, and going to the theatre until they are discovered by Linnie's brother at the Winifield's home on their last evening together. Linnie returns home in disgrace and unable to live with her humiliation, she commits suicide by throwing herself under Preston's car and dies later in the hospital.

This heartbreaking drama was directed by Lois Weber and Philips Smalley and starred teen-aged actress, Mildred Harris. This silent film's whereabouts are listed as unknown and fans can only hope a surviving copy someday resurfaces.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: