The Arrival of Perpetua (1915)

Perpetua is a rich little girl, an orphan, with a guardian very much older than herself. This man is an absent-minded dreamer, unaware of his responsibility to Perpetua. The girl wants to ... See full summary »


Emile Chautard




Cast overview:
Vivian Martin ... Perpetua
Julia Stuart ... Harriet Skycraft
Nora Cecil ... Abigail Majendrie
M.T. O'Donohue M.T. O'Donohue ... Nancy
Milton Sills ... Thaddeus Curzon
Alec B. Francis ... Hastings Curzon
Frederick Truesdell ... Ned Hardringe (as Fred C. Truesdell)
Kenneth Hill Kenneth Hill ... Lord Berringer
Johnny Hines ... Pipkin (as John Hines)
Robert Milasch ... Andrews (as R. Milash)
John Troyano John Troyano ... Willie
Donald Devlin Donald Devlin ... Chauffeur


Perpetua is a rich little girl, an orphan, with a guardian very much older than herself. This man is an absent-minded dreamer, unaware of his responsibility to Perpetua. The girl wants to live in her guardian's house, but instead goes to her father's half sister, Miss Majerdie, an angular spinster of 60, with a predilection for monkeys, parrots, cats and dogs. Perpetua is not happy in this antique environment, so she runs away and forces herself upon her guardian, Thaddeus. He endures her for a time and finally ships her back to his sister's. The pretty girl is pursued by several suitors whose ardor cools when she is said to be not worth a cent. And here the moody guardian steps in. He has loved the girl but her wealth has prevented him from declaring his affection for her. But now that she is poor, he doesn't hesitate to offer himself. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Subordinated everything to a display of his star's most likable traits
11 November 2019 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A Vehicle for Vivian Martin, who has coyly smiled her way into stardom, "The Arrival of Perpetua," a five-part World Film production serves its purpose with something to spare. Miss Martin will be remembered as the heroine of "The Wishing Ring" and equally favorable was the impression left by her performance in "Old Dutch." This time she has a role that presents a winning personality in no less harmonious surroundings. Perhaps they were created primarily as a setting for Miss Martin's graceful accomplishments, and perhaps Director Chautard purposely subordinated everything to a display of his star's most likable traits; at all events a pleasing performance and a pleasing picture have been the outcome. The first appeal of the production, and one that is consistently maintained to the end, is that of girlhood so innocent that it may be indiscreet without consciousness of indiscretions. "Pet" is a young woman capable of kissing a man or a baby with equal frankness. But for all her lack of sophistication she has dependable feminine instincts that lead her to dislike her quite impossible aunt with whom she is forced to live; likewise her impulses are all opposed to the three mercenary suitors anxious to spend her fortune. According to precedent, the proper dramatic partner for a girl of this sweet, impulsive disposition is a self-centered man with a well founded aversion to women. He is found in the person of Thaddeus, "Pet's" eccentric guardian, to whom she turns for shelter when life with the aunt becomes too unpleasant. From here on interest centers in the girl's guileless attack on her guardian's heart and his transformation from an unkempt oddity into a normal man ready to appreciate the affection that came with so little effort on his part. Scenes such as these and the ones earlier in the picture, laid at a girl's boarding school, are right in accord with Miss Martin's winsome personality; but Milton Sills as Thaddeus is a trifle stiff. Mr. Chautard's first American picture has been given a satisfactory production in which a numerous cast was capably directed. - The Moving Picture World, April 3, 1915

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29 March 1915 (USA) See more »

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