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The Heir to the Hoorah
Director: William C. de Mille (Dir)
Release Date:   26 Oct 1916
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Thomas Meighan (Joe Lacy)  
    Anita King (Geraldine Kent)  
    Edythe Chapman (Mrs. Kent)  
    Horace B. Carpenter (Bud Young)  
    Charles Ogle (Bill Ferguson)  
    Ernest Joy (Mr. Marshall)  
    Joane Woodbury (Mrs. Marshall)  

Summary: The Hoorah mine in California has turned Joe Lacy, Bud and Bill into millionares, but they all lament that, as single men, they have no children to whom they can leave their money. As a result, Bud and Bill convince Joe to get married. He makes only half-hearted attempts, however, until he falls in love with Geraldine Kent, whose social climbing mother hates Joe's bad breeding but adores his bank account. Soon after the wedding, Joe learns that Geraldine, at her mother's urging, married him only for his money, and so he leaves her. Then, a year later, he decides to track her down when he discovers that she has had a child. Because she has come to love him during their separation, Geraldine reconciles with Joe as soon as he finds her and then presents him with the heir he had wanted so badly. 

Production Company: Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.  
Director: William C. de Mille (Dir)
Writer: Beatrice C. de Mille (Scen)
  Leighton Osmun (Scen)
Photography: Charles Rosher (Cam)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the play The Heir to the Hoorah by Paul Armstrong (New York, 10 Apr 1905).
Authors: Paul Armstrong

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co. 13/10/1916 dd/mm/yyyy LP9301

Physical Properties: b&w:

Genre: Comedy
Subjects (Major): Gold diggers
  Mothers and daughters
Subjects (Minor): California
  Separation (Marital)
  Snobs and snobbishness

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Motog   11 Nov 16   p. 1095.
MPN   11 Nov 16   p. 3017.
MPW   11 Nov 16   p. 842, 914
NYDM   18 Nov 16   p. 1067.
Variety   3 Nov 16   p. 30.
Wid's   2 Nov 16   p. 1075.

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