(scenario), (story "Discipline of Ginevra")


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Cast overview:
Genevra French
Maj. French
Clarissa Selwynne ...
Aunt Harriet
William Stowell ...
Lawrence Tabor
Jack Langhorne
Gloria Joy ...
Genevra - Age 5
Una Fleming ...
Katherine Griffith ...
(as Mrs. Griffith)
William Burgess
W.H. Bainbridge ...
(as Mr. Bainbridge)


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Release Date:

28 September 1918 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La flamme et le papillon  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Talk of the Town (1918) -- Lost Silent ?
30 June 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Important note: This is not a film review. I hope to be able to find and add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist and some presumed lost films are still being discovered. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.

Major French ( George Fawcett ) controls his daughter Genevra ( Dorothy Phillips ) with the strictest regimen, and he constantly shelters her from the outside world. She gradually comes to realize that she has missed something out of life, and she plans to escape from her father's iron rule. She buys a book titled How to Attract the Opposite Sex and uses this as a guide to her worldly adventures. She selects Lawrence Tabor ( William Stowell ), a confirmed bachelor, as the object of her experiment, and pursues him until he agrees to marry her. Her father approves of the marriage since Tabor comes from a good family, but as they start on their honeymoon, Genevra tells Lawrence that she does not love him and that she only married him to escape from her father. He is heartbroken, but continues with the unhappy marriage. Genevra meets Jack Lanchome ( Lon Chaney ), a lazy playboy, who invites her out for a private supper. He locks the door of their room and assaults her, and Tabor arrives just in time to save her. Genevra is badly shaken by the experience, realizes her true love for her husband, and promises to settle down. The next day, Lanchome arrives in Tabor's office, and Lawrence writes him a check, as the entire scene has been framed to bring Genevra to her senses. Lanchome refuses the check, saying it is the first worthwhile thing he has ever done in his life. Furthermore, he has enlisted in the army and is going off to fight for France.

This comedy/romance was produced by the Universal Film Manufacturing Company and was another film featuring the popular Dorothy Phillips, William Stowell and Lon Chaney. Sadly it now remains a lost silent.

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