The Blindness of Virtue


1915

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 19, 1915
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Essanay Film Mfg Co.
Distribution Company
General Film Co.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Blindness of Virtue by Cosmo Hamilton (London, 1908) and his play of the same name (London, 29 Jan 1912).

Synopsis

When the rowdy Archibald Graham is expelled from Eton, his misunderstanding father sends him to live at the country vicarage of his boyhood friend, the Rev. Harry Pemberton. Pemberton tutors Archie in law, while Pemberton's daughter Effie, who has not been instructed about sex, becomes Archie's constant companion. Archie's dissolute friend, Edward Winstanley, visits and convinces Mary Ann, a naïve washwoman's daughter, to join him in London by appealing to her longing for beautiful clothes. After Archie locates them at a disreputable hotel and sends the no longer naïve girl home, her mother complains to Pemberton. Mrs. Pemberton evades telling Effie the facts of life, and later, when Effie innocently comes to Archie's room clad only in her kimono, Pemberton enters and accuses Archie, who was comforting her, of impropriety. As Archie prepares to leave, Effie explains to her mother, who then enlightens the young girl about sexual matters. With Pemberton's consent, Effie and Archie then decide to marry.

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 19, 1915
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Essanay Film Mfg Co.
Distribution Company
General Film Co.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Blindness of Virtue by Cosmo Hamilton (London, 1908) and his play of the same name (London, 29 Jan 1912).

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According to modern sources, Edmund T. Lowe wrote the adaptation.