Nobody Home (film)

Nobody Home is a 1919 American silent comedy film starring Dorothy Gish and Ralph Graves. "Rudolph Valentine" (a pre-stardom Rudolph Valentino) had an early role. Its working title was Out of Luck. This is now considered to be a lost film.[1][2][3]

Nobody Home
Still with Ralph Graves and Dorothy Gish
Directed byElmer Clifton
Written byLois Zellner (scenario)
StarringDorothy Gish
George Fawcett
Ralph Graves
CinematographyLee Garmes
John Leezer
Distributed byFamous Players-Lasky Corp.
Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • August 24, 1919 (1919-08-24)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[4] Frances Wadsworth (Gish) is a very superstitious young woman who implicitly believes in fortunes told by cards. She discovers through the cards that her friend Mollie Rourke (McGinnis) is doomed to marry. Although Mollie's father objects, Frances aids Mollie in her elopement, and at the ceremony meets a blonde young man. As her cards have told her that a blonde man would enter her life, she accepts her new acquaintance as the gift of fate. Maurice Rennard (Valentino), an adventurer, makes up his mind to marry the money attached to Frances and, after consulting her cards and finding that a dark man would cross her path, Frances submits. The wedding, however, is postponed after a black cat crosses Frances' path. Frances takes refuge in Mollie's apartment, which is vacant as Mollie and her new husband have left town. The blonde young man also takes refuge there, down at heart both by the failure to win Frances and the fact that, in order to land a contract for a farm, he will likely have to wed the silly daughter of Rockaway Smith (Fawcett), the man who is to let the contract. Burglars also enter the "empty" apartment. A chase from room to room takes place with not one of the occupants seeing the others. The burglars finally succeed in putting the blonde young man and Frances to sleep with a billy club and proceed to ransack the place. Mollie, Mollie's husband, and Maurice enter the flat and discover Frances and her blonde friend. The burglars are also captured. Maurice decides that Sally Smith (Chichester), daughter of the man with the contract, is good enough for him, and thus relieves the blonde gentlemen of her. Frances and the blonde man set out to marry, but because it is raining postpone it, as marrying in rainy weather is bad luck.


See also


  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: Nobody Home". Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  2. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Nobody Home
  3. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Nobody Home
  4. "Reviews: Nobody Home". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 9 (12): 66. September 13, 1919.
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