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Destruction (1915)

Fernande marries a man and schemes to get his wealth when his expected death occurs. But he dies before he can change his will. She next tries to kill the son who inherits, but he outfoxes her.

Director:

Will S. Davis (as W. S. Davis)

Writers:

Émile Zola (novel), Will S. Davis (scenario) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Theda Bara ... Ferdinande Martin
J. Herbert Frank J. Herbert Frank ... Dave Walker
James A. Furey James A. Furey ... John Froment Sr.
Gaston Bell ... John Froment III
Warner Oland ... Mr. Deleveau
Esther Hoier Esther Hoier ... Josine Walker
James Sheridan James Sheridan ... Josine's Brother (as Master Tansey)
Arthur Morrison Arthur Morrison ... Lang
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... Mill Foreman
Carleton Macy Carleton Macy ... John Froment Jr.
Johnnie Walker ... Mill Worker (as J. Walker)
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Young college student known as "Jack," John Froment III, learns that his father, a wealthy mill owner, has married the temptress Ferdinande Martin, he warns his father, but Ferdinande claims that she earlier refused Jack's proposal, and Froment disregards the warning. After Froment complains about Ferdinande's extravagances, she convinces his manager, Deleveau, who desires her, to reduce the workers' wages. A strike is called, which to Ferdinande's delight, worsens Froment's serious heart condition. After Dave Walker, a worker who abuses his wife Josine, is wounded during a riot, Jack befriends Josine and urges his father to settle. When Ferdinande accuses Jack of trying to ravish her, Froment orders Jack out, and decides to change his will to favor Ferdinande, but Froment's invalid grandfather sees Ferdinande try to poison Froment, and warns him. After Froment sees Ferdinande embracing Deleveau, he locks the original will away, and dies. Later, Ferdinande convinces Walker that Jack ... Written by Pamela Short

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Taglines:

A virile drama of present day life (original glass slide) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

26 December 1915 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La ravageuse See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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