The Pursuit of Pleasure (1915)

The daughter of a narrow-minded father marries a rich man, and she then proceeds to enjoy worldly pleasures instead of motherhood.


Harry Harvey




Cast overview:
Henry King ... James White
Ruth Roland ... Rita Deane
Daniel Gilfether Daniel Gilfether ... Reverend Cyrus Deane


A young girl, bubbling over with the effervescence of youth, has her imagination dwarfed and her impulses blighted by a clergyman father who believes that the business of mortals on earth is to repent. The tact that repentance must follow Sin, doesn't in the least effect the benign clarity of his vision. But the Life Force mocks his mummery, and by stealth his daughter marries the man of her choice, a husband rich and devoted. But now her early life of restriction has festered into an insatiable desire for the sweets of life, and she dances with Folly in a mad and ever madder swirl. Her husband wants children, but he gets dinner parties, dances, more dances, and all the rest of the flitting phantom life of Society. And then through a curious circumstance, she becomes imbued with a desire for motherhood. But here the God of Compensation steps derisively between her and her obsession. A fall necessitating an operation leaves her incapable of becoming a mother. Who Pays? Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama







Release Date:

19 April 1915 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Who Pays? #2: The Pursuit of Pleasure See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Followed by The Pomp of Earth (1915) See more »

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The sub-titles have not been well chosen
14 December 2019 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The second of the "Who Pays?" series with Ruth Roland and Henry King. The story of the production is good, and has been written by William Ritchie. The sub-titles have, unfortunately, not been well chosen. In many instances the intention of the picture is quite obvious enough without any sub-title, and is in perfect keeping without verbal explanation. The story, which has been filmed in two reels, treats of the pleasure loving daughter of an old-fashioned clergyman. She finally elopes with a rich young man. and gives herself over to the superficial pleasures of life in preference to rearing children. The outcome and the moral of the story is satisfactory, and minus its subtitles, the production could be highly recommended. - The Moving Picture World, April 24, 1915

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