After Five

After Five is a 1915 American silent thriller comedy film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel. Based on the play of the same name by DeMille and his brother William, the film stars Edward Abeles.[1]

After Five
Publicity photo published in a contemporary newspaper.
Directed byCecil B. DeMille
Oscar Apfel
Screenplay byWilliam C. DeMille
Based onAfter Five
by Cecil B. DeMille and William C. DeMille
StarringEdward Abeles
CinematographyAlfredo Gondolf
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • January 28, 1915 (1915-01-28)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles


Ted Ewing (Edward Abeles) invests both his own and the money of his fiancée, Nora Heldreth (Betty Schade), when a broker friend offers big investment returns. After the broker friend disappears, though, Ewing believes that he has squandered their money, and sets out on a course of action to recover it. He takes out a life insurance policy and then tries to get himself "accidentally" killed. His numerous attempts are to no avail. Next he hires some strong arms to kill him since they have apparently been following him anyway. He gives the money for his murder for hire to his valet, Oki (Sessue Hayakawa). But then the broker returns and Ewing discovers that his investment has doubled! With the strong arms after him, Ewing must straighten out the situation before it's too late.



  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: After Five". Silent Era. Retrieved March 21, 2009.

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