A Fool There Was
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A Fool There Was
As overwrought and overacted as it appears today, this melodrama took America by storm in 1915. Its history actually goes a bit deeper than the poem The Vampire by Rudyard Kipling. Kipling's poem, in fact, had been inspired by a scandalous 1897 painting by Philip Burne-Jones, which showed a woman in a white nightgown grinning triumphantly over a man's lifeless form. A play, entitled A Fool There Was, was made from the poem in 1909 by Porter Emerson Browne and it promptly became a smash (although it was vilified by critics). Producer William Fox bought its screen rights, but he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The old fashioned drama is creaky and if judged just in modern terms, it doesn't pass the giggle test."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A horror classic growing creepier with age."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Mixed Reviews
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