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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)

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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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The poem quoted throughout the film is "The Vampire" by Rudyard Kipling. 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

The Vampire: Kiss me, my Fool!
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The Inimitable Theda Bara!
29 December 1999 | by rudy-46See all my reviews

This is a wonderful early cinematic gem that we are fortunate to have survived. The strong screen presence of the legendary Theda Bara is its greatest attribute. I don't think her talent gets the recognition it deserves and this is sadly due to the fact that this and one other film, 1925's "The Unchastened Woman" actually survive to my knowledge. Ms. Bara was the ultimate femme fatale and this is clearly seen in this film, her first starring role. Her film career was relatively short and many of her films were the tragic result of deteriation that so many of the early nitrate films were subject to. This makes film preservation a very vital movement so that many movie icons, such as Ms. Bara can be preserved for posterity.


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