The Laurel Wreath of Fame (1912)

A young composer is in love with a singer who prefers to concentrate on her career, with tragic results.


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Cast overview:
Francis X. Bushman ... Guido Marcello
Dolores Cassinelli ... Marie Medici
William Walters William Walters


Guido Marcello, a young composer, is madly infatuated with Maria Medici, a pretty singer. Maria sings his first composition and, overcome with her beauty and his emotions, Guido begs her to become his wife. Maria, however, prefers her musical career to marriage and rejects Guido's proposal. Heartbroken he returns home. Later the death of his mother leaves him entirely alone in the world. Tears later Guido is housed in a wretched garret, poverty-stricken and still searching for musical fame. Meanwhile. Maria has become a noted prima donna. One day Guido, in passing the theater, sees the posters announcing Maria's grand concert. Sick at heart he turns away only to come face to face with Maria. Wishing to avoid recognition, Guido goes on to his lodgings. Maria has recognized him, sends her maid to secure his address, then visits him in the garret. Guido confesses his poverty and shows her his rejected music. One piece attracts Maria's attention, she sings it over and instantly agrees to ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Romance | Short







Release Date:

31 May 1912 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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In his despair temporarily loses his reason
25 November 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This play, the product of the Chicago Company, was well received by the audience. Guido, a composer, through the death of his mother, is left alone in the world. He is in love with Marie Medici, a singer, who has sung some of his compositions; she prefers her musical career, however, to becoming his wife. Maria ascends in the scale; Guido fails in his battle with fame. Guido later meets Maria, she recognizes him, and sends her maid to learn his lodging house, which is in a garret. Maria goes to see Guido, and promises to sing one of his compositions. She does so, and the song is a success. Guido, meantime, has been ejected by his landlord, and in his despair temporarily loses his reason. When he finally learns of his success the reaction kills him. Maria falls grief-stricken over his body. - The Moving Picture World, June 15, 1912

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