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Wealth (film)

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Directed byWilliam Desmond Taylor
Screenplay byCosmo Hamilton
Julia Crawford Ivers
Produced byJesse L. Lasky
StarringEthel Clayton
Herbert Rawlinson
J.M. Dumont
Larry Steers
George Periolat
Claire McDowell
CinematographyJames Van Trees
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • August 21, 1921 (1921-08-21)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Wealth is a 1921 American silent drama film directed by William Desmond Taylor, written by Cosmo Hamilton and Julia Crawford Ivers, and starring Ethel Clayton, Herbert Rawlinson, J.M. Dumont, Larry Steers, George Periolat, and Claire McDowell. It was released on August 21, 1921, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2] It is not known whether the film currently survives,[3] and it may be a lost film.[4]


As described in a film magazine,[5] artist Mary McLeod (Clayton) meets Phillip Dominick (Rawlinson), the son of a wealthy woman, on a Pullman car on a train bound for the city. When she informs the conductor that she has left her purse behind, Phillip magnanimously gives up his stateroom for her. The chance acquaintance ripens to love and they get married. The match does not meet the approval of Phillip's mother (McDowell), and when they go to live with her, she makes life almost unbearable for Mary. The wife also becomes disgusted at the idle life led by her husband. Then a baby is born to them. Phillip goes on a camping trip, and while he is absent the child dies. Upon his return Mary decides to leave him. Phillip follows her to her studio and announces that his mother's money has been a curse. He swears that he will be a man from then on, and Mary knows happiness lies ahead for them.



  1. ^ Janiss Garza (2015). "Wealth - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes - NYTimes.com". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on February 3, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  2. ^ "Wealth". afi.com. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  3. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Wealth at silentera.com
  4. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Wealth
  5. ^ "Reviews: Wealth". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 13 (8): 55. August 20, 1921.
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