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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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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This early feature length film is considered by historians to be the first one to earn a profit of a million dollars or more, partly due to the nationwide publicity campaign organized by producer William Fox. 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

Reginal Parmalee: You have ruined me, you devil, and now you discard me!
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Potboiler, 1915 style
16 June 1999 | by Jamie-58See all my reviews

Considering that 1915 was the year of "Birth of a Nation", it is interesting to see what else passed as entertainment for cinema goers that year. "A Fool There Was" is probably the equivalent of your average Sharon Stone epic; lurid, melodramatic and utterly irresistible. This was a star making vehicle for Theda Bara, and though her style seems as remote as the ice age, one can clearly see the strength of her persona. Her appeal to 1915 audiences must have been profound.

The film is primitive even by silent standards. Close ups are stinted upon, the direction is rudimentary. Alone in the cast Bara is worth watching, though I suspect it gives but a glimpse of her full powers. Good fun, if hardly profound entertainment.


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