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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.

Director:

Frank Powell (uncredited)

Writer:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The first time the line "Kiss me, you fool!" appeared in a film. See more »

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During the "sunset of happiness" shot, the ocean waves are going in reverse, showing the film has been run backwards. See more »

Quotes

Second Victim: [as a panhandler] See what you made of me, and still you prosper, you hell cat!
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Solid melodrama with the original vamp girl!
10 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Theda Bara in her classic role as the "vamp" (even the movie calls her a "woman of the vampire variety" or something like that) plays up to various millionaires, ruining their lives. One man is happily married, but the appearance of Theda always draws him back -- literally (and very theatrically) right in front of his wife! Bara's performance is good; she often uses her whole body (especially her formidable shoulders) to play a scene, in a style which though a bit overdone is very refreshing in a 1915 film, as I'm sure it was for the audiences.


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