Fool's Gold (1919 film)

Fool's Gold is a 1919 American silent drama film directed by Laurence Trimble.[1] A copy of the film survives in the British Film Institute's National Film and Television Archive.[2]

Fool's Gold
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Directed byLaurence Trimble
Written byM. A. Miller
StarringMitchell Lewis
Florence Turner
CinematographyH. A. Horn
Distributed byArrow Film Corporation
Release date
  • May 26, 1919 (1919-05-26)
Running time
Six reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] Marshall Strong (Lewis) and John Moore (Playter) are partners in a mine and both love school teacher Constance Harvey (Turner). She prefers Strong, but Moore is crafty and she marries him. Moore is killed in a bar fight and Strong, who had come to the rescue, is accused of murder. Constance and Strong might have still found each other, but Lilas Niles (Truax), through a plot, brings about a misunderstanding and marries Strong. Twenty years later Strong, calling himself Mark Smith, is a wealthy mine operator and he and Lilas have a daughter Nancy (Brent). Constance is still a widow and her son David Moore (Greene) gets a job working at the mine and meets Nancy. Mark Smith does not take proper safety precautions for the mine workers and there is discontent. David is a power for good sense and moderation, and the mine owner trusts him. Nancy's mother Lilas has arranged an engagement for her daughter to an English baronet, Sir Horace Seaton (Hyde). There is an explosion at the mine, and David and Sir Horace rush to the burning mine and try to rescue Mark and the other miners. They pass through a long galley in flames, but are not successful. However, Mark and the miners have escaped through a side passage. As a result, Mark becomes more generous in the mining operation, and David and Nancy are later wed.



  1. "Fool's Gold". BFI. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  2. Kear, Lynn (2009). Evelyn Brent: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Lady Crook. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-7864-4363-5.
  3. Judson, Hanford C. (May 17, 1919). "Reviews and Advertising Aids: Fool's Gold". Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Company. 40 (7): 1076–77. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
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