The Vixen

The Vixen is a 1916 American silent drama film directed by J. Gordon Edwards and starring Theda Bara. This film was also titled The Love Pirate in the UK, and Il Pirata Dell'Amore in Italy.

The Vixen
Contemporary newspaper advertisement.
Directed byJ. Gordon Edwards
Produced byWilliam Fox
Written byMary Murillo
StarringTheda Bara
Herbert Heyes
CinematographyPhil Rosen
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • December 3, 1916 (1916-12-03)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


Elsie Drummond (Theda Bara) is the spoiled daughter of an Admiral (George Clarke) who wanted much more than her father's position in society could offer. She didn't have the ability to meet men and socialize with them, but she thinks in a way of lure them in once they were within her limited circle.

However Admiral Drummond brings home a couple of men which were either young navy men with no money or old high-ranking men with a good salary. Elsie was looking for young, handsome and rich. After all, her father gave her everything materially she wanted. It was only natural she would want that and more.

According to Elsie's plans the ideal man had to be delivered to her first. Elsie's own sister, Helen (Mary G. Martin), was not spoiled like her. In fact, she was educated, worked and, while enjoying family life with her father and sister, wanted to make her own way in the world. Outgoing and trust worthy, she brought the occasional boyfriend Knowles (Herbert Heyes) into the house to introduce him to her family.

For Elsie, this was a great opportunity. She could lure him in a loaded good-looking guy and marry him. At the end Helen convinces Knowles to take back Elsie, once Knowles did know his wife was scheming to trade him for a richer man. It was Helen's goodness and strength that made him believe that, somehow, he and Elsie could have made it together.


Theda BaraElsie Drummond
Herbert HeyesKnowles Murray
Mary G. MartinHelen Drummond
A. H. Van BurenMartin Stevens
George ClarkeAdm. Drummond
Carl GerardWooer
George OdellButler

Preservation status

The film is now considered a lost film.[1]


The film was released in Brazil with title A Raposa on May 31, 1917[2] at Cine Ideal, situated on Rua da Carioca 60-62, Rio de Janeiro. It was also exhibited on Cines Capitolio, Império and Pathé for two months. Cine Pathé was a cinema located at Floriano square also called Cinelândia. Cine Ideal belonged to the group Severiano Ribeiro, which still holds on its storehouse old silent films. Other titles to be released in sequence:[3]

IDEALMay 24, 1917O Enigma da Máscara (Masks and Faces)Johnston Forbes-RobertsonIdeal Film Company
IDEALMay 31, 1917A Raposa (The Vixen)Theda BaraFox-Film
IDEALJune 7, 1917A Ilha dos Desejos (The Island of Desire)George WalshFox-Film
IDEALJune 14, 1917Dama de Copas (La donna di cuori)HesperiaTiber Film

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