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The Blot (1921)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 4 September 1921 (USA)
The Professor dispenses the wisdom of the ages and does not make a living wage. The sons of the rich and powerful are students lacking any motivation. The next door neighbor of the ... See full summary »

Director:

Lois Weber

Writers:

Lois Weber (story), Marion Orth (scenario)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Philip Hubbard Philip Hubbard ... Andrew Theodore Griggs
Margaret McWade ... Mrs. Theodore Griggs
Claire Windsor ... Amelia Griggs
Louis Calhern ... Phil West
Marie Walcamp ... Juanita Claredon
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Storyline

The Professor dispenses the wisdom of the ages and does not make a living wage. The sons of the rich and powerful are students lacking any motivation. The next door neighbor of the Professor, businessman Olsen, has money and lots of food, while the Griggs have hardly any. Both Peter Olsen and Reverend Gates are taken by the beauty of young Amelia Griggs. When rich son Phil West falls for Amelia Griggs and befriends the poor Reverend Gates, he finally sees the difference in his life and theirs and tries to do something to change that. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

In a promotional tie-in to the film, the Parker Pen Company, which produced the "Lucky Curve Pen" and advertised it as a pen that would not leak or blot, gave away the pens to the top twelve winners of an essay contest, entitled "What is the greatest blot on our American life of today?" See more »

Goofs

When Juanita visits the library to see Amelia, she puts her hand on the railing twice. Between shots, she is holding her fur piece differently as well. See more »

Quotes

The Professor's Pupil - Phil West: It's damnable that your father isn't better paid.
The Professor's Daughter - Amelia Griggs: That is surely my father's business.
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Connections

Featured in Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018) See more »

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For an intellectual analysis of this film, see the following...
30 March 2002 | by bluestylusSee all my reviews

For an intellectual analysis, see Jennifer Parchesky's article "Lois Weber's The Blot: Rewriting Melodrama, Reproducing the Middle Class" in Cinema Journal 39.1 (1999) 23-53 [University of Texas Press].

Through an examination of social conditions during the 1920s, Parchesky defines the ethos, pathos & logos that Lois Weber most likely deduced in the writing and directing the film, the Blot.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

4 September 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El borrón See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lois Weber Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print) | (restored-Thames Silents: Brownlow/Gill)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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