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Success

Synopsis
Melodrama. Carleton, a celebrated Shakespearian actor, is unable to cope with his success and becomes an alcoholic. His wife, Jane, finally leaves him, taking their young daughter with her. Years pass and Carleton finds himself without friends or money. He applies for a job at a theatre which is staging King Lear, with his now-grown daughter, Rose, cast as Cordelia. He discovers that the show’s backer gave Rose the part in order to seduce her. Gilbert Gordon (the star) also knows the financier’s intentions and deliberately gets drunk so Carleton can take on the role of Lear. The show is a huge success and Carleton’s reputation is restored; he is reunited with his wife and daughter and Rose becomes engaged to Gilbert.
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Silent
Year of release
1923
Duration
77 mins; 7000 feet
Availability
Presumed a lost film.

Credits

Director
Ralph Ince
Producer
Murray W. Garsson
Cinematographer
William J. Black
Screenplay
Adeline Leitzbach; Theodore A., Jr Liebler
Cast
Brandon TynanBarry Carleton (Lear)
Mary AstorRose Randolph (Cordelia)
Naomi ChildersJane Randolph
Stanley RidgesGilbert Gordon

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
King Lear
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
Adapted from the play by Leitzbach and Liebler.

Production Company

Name

Murray W. Garsson Productions

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