A Million Bid


1914

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 1914
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Vitagraph Co. of America
Distribution Company
Broadway Star Features Co.; General Film Co.; Special Features Dept.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Agnes by George Cameron (pseud. of Gladys S. Rankin Drew) (New York, 5 Oct 1908).

Synopsis

Mrs. Sidney Belgradin, an extravagant widow, refuses to consent to the marriage of her daughter Agnes to struggling physician Loring Brent. Her interception of their letters causes each to believe that the other has lost interest, so Agnes willingly accompanies her mother abroad to find a rich husband. On her mother's insistence, Agnes marries wealthy Australian wheat magnate Geoffrey Marshe who apparently perishes along with Mrs. Belgradin when his yacht capsizes. Returning to America, Agnes discovers her mother's deception and is reconciled with Loring, whom she marries and with whom she has a son. Five years later, their happiness is interrupted by the appearance of Monsieur de la Mer, a patient of Loring's who suffers from amnesia. Agnes recognizes him as Marshe and begs her husband not to restore his memory through a brain operation. Despite her pleas, Loring performs the operation but Marshe dies of shock.

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 1914
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Vitagraph Co. of America
Distribution Company
Broadway Star Features Co.; General Film Co.; Special Features Dept.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Agnes by George Cameron (pseud. of Gladys S. Rankin Drew) (New York, 5 Oct 1908).

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This film had its premiere at the opening of the Vitagraph Theatre in New York on February 7, 1914. It stayed there until April 13, 1914, after which it was released nationally. Gladys S. Rankin Drew, the author of the play who used the pseudonym of George Cameron, was the wife of Vitagraph star Sidney Drew and the mother of S. Rankin Drew, also a Vitagraph actor who later directed for them. She died on January 9, 1914 before the film opened. It was re-issued by V-L-S-E, Inc. on April 4, 1917. Warner Bros. produced a film based on the same source, also entitled A Million Bid, in 1927; it was directed by Michael Curtiz and starred Dolores Costello and Warner Oland. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.3619.)