The Unfortunate Marriage, or The Woman in White (July 1, 1917)

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FLorence La Badie is The Woman in White
 

Released on July 1, 1917: A mad girl tries to warn a young heiress that her new husband is a fraud who will try to kill her.

Produced by Edwin Thanhouser

Directed by Ernest C. Warde

The Actors: Florence La Badie (Laura Farlie and Ann Chatherick), Richard Neill (Sir Percival Glyde), Gertrude Dallas (Marian Holcombe), Arthur Bauer (Doctor Cuneo, aka Stefano Conari), Wayne Arey (Walter Hartridge), J.H. Gilmour (Frederic Farlie), Claude Cooper (Nicola Pesca, Brazilian Secret Service)

 

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The Heiress and the Insane Look-alike

Edwin Thanhouser was a Broadway producer whose life revolved around great stories and great actors. When moving pictures became more than nickelodeon short films and started evolving into longer stories that were shown on a big screen for large audiences, Edwin Thanhouser realized that he could move his Broadway stories to film. New Rochelle, New York was the suburb of choice for many of his Broadway actors, so Thanhouser purchased a large building that had once housed a roller skating rink, and he started his own motion picture company in 1909. Using experienced Broadway playwrights and actors he was among the first to bring drama with complex story lines to the big screen. This tale of deceit and murder in England involves two girls, one newly escaped from an insane asylum and the other an heiress to a great estate and fortune. Florence La Badie plays the part of both girls in 1917 film that was on the bleeding edge of new technology, showing both girls in the same frame several times. Laura Farlie is the heiress, and her dying father promised her in marriage to Sir Percival Glyde, and although she has fallen in love with her art teacher, she must marry Sir Percival Glyde when he comes calling. We get the hint that not only is Sir Percival more interested in Laura's estate than in Laura herself, but that the man claiming to be Sir Percival may be an imposter. Regardless, the wedding goes on as planned. Shortly after the honeymoon tour a strange Doctor Cuneo comes to visit, and we learn that the good doctor is planning to kill Laura so that Sir Percival will be the sole owner of her wealth. Throughout the drama the mad girl who looks remarkably like heiress Laura tries to warn Laura that the man she is marrying is an imposter and that he means her great harm, but Laura is killed anyway, and the mad girl is caught and sent once more to the insane asylum. All looks darkest before the dawn, and the mystery of the mad woman who looks just like the heiress continues, along with the mystery of what the mad woman knows about the man claiming to be Sir Percival Glyde . . . and the poor artist pining away for his lost love . . . like all great stories of love, death and deception, this one will reach an amazing end in a surprising and satisfying way, thanks to the Brazilian Secret Service, the flames of Hell, the old lady at the church, and the insane girl who finally remembers. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Arthur Bauer
Arthur Bauer
Arthur Bauer and Richard R. Neill
Arthur Bauer and Richard R. Neill
Arthur Bauer
Arthur Bauer
Claude Cooper
Claude Cooper
Florence La Badie
Florence La Badie
Florence La Badie and Richard Neill
Florence La Badie and Richard Neill
Florence La Badie
Florence La Badie
Florence La Badie in The Unfortunate Marriage
Florence La Badie in The Unfortunate Marriage
Florence La Badie and Richard Neill
Florence La Badie and Richard Neill
Florence Labadie and Wayne Arey
Florence Labadie and Wayne Arey
Florence La Badie and Richard Neill
Florence La Badie and Richard Neill
Gertrude Dallas
Gertrude Dallas
Gertrude Dallas and Florence La Badie
Gertrude Dallas and Florence La Badie
Gertrude Dallas
Gertrude Dallas
J.H. Gilmour and Richard Neill
J.H. Gilmour and Richard Neill
Richard R. Neill
Richard R. Neill
Richard Neill and Arthur Bauer
Richard Neill and Arthur Bauer
Wayne Arey
Wayne Arey
Wayne Arey, Arthur Bauer and Claude Cooper
Wayne Arey, Arthur Bauer and Claude Cooper
Wayne Arey and Claude Cooper
Wayne Arey and Claude Cooper