The Upstart


1916

Film Details

Release Date
Feb 7, 1916
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Rolfe Photoplays, Inc.
Distribution Company
Metro Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Upstart by Thomas Barry (New York, 1 Sep 1910).

Synopsis

One day Coventry Petmore leaves his wife and child to go out in the world and fight the social evils of divorce and loveless marriage. Circumstances lead him to the home of Judge Mitchell, where the judge's son, a minister, and his wife Beatrice reside. The minister does not believe in expressing affection to his wife, and Beatrice becomes enamored of her chauffeur Larry Price. Petmore encourages Beatrice to tell the minister that she is running away with Price, then surreptitiously coaches the minister to give a response that Petmore believes will win Beatrice back. The plan backfires, however, and only a rainstorm and car trouble prevent Beatrice and Price from running off. Getting wind of Petmore's role in the affair, the judge has him ejected from the household, and Petmore returns home to discover that his wife has run away with her chauffeur. Petmore's conviction in his theories remains unshaken, however.

Film Details

Release Date
Feb 7, 1916
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Rolfe Photoplays, Inc.
Distribution Company
Metro Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Upstart by Thomas Barry (New York, 1 Sep 1910).

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Notes

The character played by George Le Guere addresses the audience directly in the final scene. A contemporary ad states that the film is adapted from the play by Barry and "the inspiration of George Bernard Shaw." Contemporary sources disagree on whether the last name of the actor playing the Rev. James Mitchell is spelled Summer or Sumner.