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The College Widow
Director: Barry O'Neil (Dir)
Release Date:   10 May 1915
Duration (in reels):   5-6
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Cast:   Charles Brandt (Dr. Witherspoon)  
    Ethel Clayton (Jane Witherspoon)  
    Edith Ritchie (Mrs. Dalzelle)  
    Ferdinand Tidmarsh (Jack Larrabee)  
    Howard Missimer (Matty McGowan)  
    Clarence Jay Elmer (Stub Talmadge)  
    Peter Lang (Hiram Bolton)  
    George Soule Spencer (Billy Bolton)  
    George Clarke (Silent Murphy)  
    Joseph Kaufman (Tom Pierson)  
    Bartley McCullum (Hiram Hicks)  
    Arthur Matthews (Bud Hicks)  
    Richard Wangemann (Dan Tibbetts)  
    Percy Winter (Copernicus Talbott)  
    Ruth Bryan (Bessie Tanner)  
    Rosetta Brice (Flora Wiggins)  
    Florence Williams (Mrs. Wiggins)  

Summary: Presbyterian Atwater College continually loses in football to its neighboring Midwestern rival, Baptist Bingham College. When millionaire Hiram Bolton brings his son Billy, the star half-back of the Bingham football team, to Atwater in search of a tutor, coach Jack Larrabee persuades Jane Witherspoon, the president's daughter, called the "College Widow" because each graduation day she bids farewell to another fiancĂ©, to charm Billy into playing for Atwater. The plan succeeds, but Jane, once Jack's sweetheart, falls in love with Billy. Following an important Thanksgiving Day victory over Bingham, Billy is told that he has been Jane's dupe. He plans to leave town, but during a celebration, a fire breaks out. Billy is injured leaping from a window, while Jane is left trapped on a stairway. When the firemen block Jack's entrance, objecting that it is too dangerous for him to save Jane, Jack has his squad form a flying wedge and he breaks through. Jack rescues Jane and places her in Billy's arms. 

Production Company: Lubin Mfg Co.  
Distribution Company: V-L-S-E, Inc.  
Director: Barry O'Neil (Dir)
Writer: Clay M. Greene (Scen)
Photography: Fred Chaston (Cam)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the play The College Widow by George Ade (New York, 20 Sep 1904).
Authors: George Ade

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Lubin Mfg. Co. 4/5/1915 dd/mm/yyyy LP5219

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Genre: Comedy-drama
 
Subjects (Major): College life
  Football
  Rescues
  Rivalry
 
Subjects (Minor): Athletic coaches
  Fires
  Jumps from heights
  Seduction
  Self-sacrifice
  Thanksgiving Day

Note: Another film made from this play was produced by Warner Bros. in 1927. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.0971.) Some scenes in this film were shot at a Pennsylvania college campus. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Motog   22 May 15   pp. 829-30, 857
MPN   17 Apr 15   p. 67.
MPW   23 Jan 15   p. 588, 590
MPW   29 May 15   p. 1442.
NYDM   9 Dec 14   p. 25.
NYDM   12 May 15   p. 37.

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