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My Madonna
Director: Alice Blaché (Dir)
Release Date:   25 Oct 1915
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Madame Olga Petrova (Lucille)  
    Guy Coombs (Robert)  
    Evelyn Dumo (The baroness)  
    Albert Howson (The baron)  
    James O'Neill (The art merchant)  
    Albert Derbil    
    Yahne Fleury    

Summary: Robert, an impoverished artist, has a vision of the Madonna and seeks a model to pose for a painting inspired by the apparition. In his half-mad wanderings, he meets Lucille, a high-society prostitute who possesses the perfect demeanor for his creation. Robert paints a striking portrait, and Lucille, now in love with the artist, convinces an art buyer acquaintance to purchase it. Success and fame soon follow, and Robert turns away from Lucille, taking up with a divorced baroness. While the Baroness begins an affair with Robert, the Baron fancies Lucille and encourages Robert's liaison with his ex-wife. The Baron fights with an angry servant and is killed, but Robert, entering at the wrong moment, is caught with the murder weapon and is tried for the crime and sentenced to life imprisonment. While working for the poor, Lucille stumbles across the Baron's dying killer, who confesses, in writing, to his crime. Free but alone, Robert finds his way to a church where his Madonna painting hangs. By chance his flesh and blood Madonna also appears, and the two happily reunite. 

Production Company: Popular Plays and Players, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Metro Pictures Corp.  
Director: Alice Blaché (Dir)
Producer: Herbert Blaché (Prod)
  Alice Blaché (Prod)
Writer: Alice Blaché (Scen)
  Aaron Hoffman (Scen)
Photography: John William Boyle (Cam)
Country: United States

Source Text: Inspired by the poem "My Madonna" by Robert W. Service in The Spell of the Yukon, and Other Verses (New York, 1907).
Authors: Robert W. Service

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Metro Pictures Corp. 23/10/1915 dd/mm/yyyy LP6738

Physical Properties: b&w:

Genre: Drama
Subjects (Major): Artists
Subjects (Minor): Churches
  Confession (Law)
  Portraits (Paintings)

Note: Modern sources credit only Hoffman with the scenario. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Motog   30 Oct 15   p. 913.
MPN   9 Oct 15   p. 23.
MPN   16 Oct 15   pp. 20-21.
MPN   31 Jul 15   p. 50.
MPW   16 Oct 15   p. 426.
MPW   23 Oct 15   p. 627, 692
NYDM   23 Oct 15   p. 28.
Variety   5 Nov 15   p. 23.

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