Credited cast:
John Colby
Katherine Colby
John Bowers ...
Tom Donaldson
Louise Lovely ...
Grace Donaldson
Mrs. Holt
DeWitt Jennings ...
Dave Winter ...
Stephen Phillips
Roy Laidlaw ...
John Cossar ...
Edward Phillips Sr
Frankie Lee ...
John (in prologue)
Dorothy Hughes ...
Katherine (in prologue)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Coghlan Jr. ...
(as Junior Coghlan)
Barbara Maier ...
Little Girl


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November 1921 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Pobreza dos Ricos  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Poverty of Riches (1921) - Lost Silent ?
24 August 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Katherine Holt ( Leatrice Joy ) marries John Colby ( Richard Dix ) and is desirous of having children, but her husband wishes to wait until he has attained further financial and social success, thus Katherine lavishes her affections on the children of Grace ( Louise Lovely ) and Tom Donaldson ( John Bowers ). John is successful and enters wider social spheres, but he still refuses her request for children and neglects the home for business. Nevertheless, she refuses a former suitor, Phillips ( Dave Winter ), when he proposes that she divorce John. Colby finally apologizes for his indifference and promises to fulfill her wishes when he is appointed manager. That evening, in an automobile accident, she sustains injuries that prevent her from bearing children. She reproaches her husband, who realizes he has sacrificed his life in the pursuit of wealth.

This 1921 silent drama was based on the short story "Mother" by Leroy Scott. Produced by Goldwyn Pictures Corporation, this film boasted a cast of popular film stars, including Leatrice Joy, Richard Dix, Louise Lovely, Irene Rich, John Bowers and young Junior Coghlan. The survival status of this film is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.

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