A woman with a gambling addiction finds that her daughter is threatened by the same tendencies.





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Complete credited cast:
Chichita / Madame Delano / Helene
Price Ruyler
Zeffie Tilbury ...
Mrs. Ruyler
Fred Esmelton ...
John Harvey
William Roselle ...
Ferdie Derenforth
Grace Field ...
Sybil Price
Nick Delano
Harry Wise
George Dupree


A woman with a gambling addiction finds that her daughter is threatened by the same tendencies.

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Drama | Mystery




Release Date:

29 June 1919 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Spillefuglen  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Avalanche (1919) - Lost ?
27 March 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

After her father, a gambling proprietor in Spain, is killed and her husband, an English gambler, commits suicide, Chichita ( Elsie Ferguson ) places her baby Helene in a convent. Fifteen years later, Helene ( Elsie Ferguson ) runs away and subsequently marries Price Ruyler ( Lumsden Hare ), a novelist. She soon becomes bored with domestic life and attracted to the glamour of a New York gambling house run by Nick Delano ( Warner Oland ), who, coincidentally, is married to Helene's mother. At Delano's, Helene sustains heavy losses and although she pawns her jewelry and takes money from her husband's wallet, she cannot pay her debts. Madame Delano recognizes her and tries to help, but when Delano discovers this he telephones Price. Helene struggles with him and he falls to his death over a balcony. Madame Delano takes the blame for the death and dies in prison after swallowing poison to protect her daughter. A few years later, Helene sews in front of a fire, as Price warmly embraces her.

This 1919 was based from the novel The Avalanche: A Mystery Story by Gerturde Atherton, produced by the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation and starred actress Elsie Ferguson. The survival status of The Avalanche is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.

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