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A Fool There Was (1915)

Not Rated | | Drama | 12 January 1915 (USA)
A married diplomat falls hopelessly under the spell of a predatory woman.

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Frank Powell (uncredited)

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Porter Emerson Browne (by) (as Porter Emerson Brown)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Runa Hodges ... The Child
Mabel Frenyear Mabel Frenyear ... The Wife
Edward José Edward José ... The Husband
May Allison ... The Wife's Sister
Clifford Bruce ... The Friend
Theda Bara ... The Vampire
Victor Benoit Victor Benoit ... One of Her Victims
Frank Powell ... The Doctor
Minna Gale Minna Gale ... The Doctor's Fiancee
Creighton Hale ... Minor Role
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John Schuyler, happily married Wall Street lawyer, is appointed as special diplomatic representative to England. By an unhappy accident, his wife and child can't come along; but on the ship with him is "The Vampire," a "notorious woman" who lives off a succession of men she has seduced and ruined. Slighted by Mrs. Schuyler, she has set her sights on the husband. Two months later, we find the Fool languishing with the mistress who has him enmeshed in her toils. Will he follow the others to the depths of degradation? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1915 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A veszedelmes asszony See more »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

One of only a handful of Theda Bara films that still exist, the others being The Unchastened Woman (1925), The Stain (1914), East Lynne (1916), and two short comedies she made for Hal Roach in the mid-1920s. See more »

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The ship they travel on is the Gigantic, referred to in the newspaper as a Cunarder. In fact Cunard names ended in -ia (e.g. "Mauretania"), while White Star names ended in -ic (e.g. "Olympic"). See more »

Quotes

The Vampire: Kiss me, my Fool!
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Referenced in Swing Shift Cinderella (1945) See more »

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A Fool There Was was mainly of interest to me because of Theda Bara
21 June 2008 | by tavmSee all my reviews

I've been frequenting YouTube a lot lately in order to search for various movies I'd like to see that happen to be in the public domain (and many that aren't that haven't been taken off). Many of these movies are shown in segments that last little more than ten minutes each though there are some exceptions like this one that was shown in its one hour, seven minute entirety. It's one of the few surviving films of Theda Bara who is a pioneer as an alluring sex symbol of the movies. Here she likes to take happily married rich men and play with their emotions for the fun of it. Having said all that, while I found Ms. Bara's vamping pretty entertaining near the end, the first 30 minutes of A Fool There Was almost put me to sleep since that time mainly concerned the man she was fooling with's family. It probably didn't help that many messages that were shown on screen were mainly blurry. So for that, I'd only recommend A Fool There Was for any silent movie buff out there. P.S. This is the one with the famous inter-title card "Kiss Me, You Fool!"


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