Aristocracy (1914)

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Incorrectly reviewed in the trade magazine Variety under the title "Diplomacy," the Famous Players five-reeler Aristocracy was based on a popular turn-of-the-century play by Bronson Howard. An attack on the pretensions of European and nouveau-riche American aristocrats, the film came to a tumultuous climax when an American husband finds a foreign prince in his wife's bedroom. The resultant fight scene was expertly staged, but was dwarfed by the excellence of the subsequent "rescue scene." Arthur Hoops, one of the busier members of the Famous Players stock company, played Prince Emil, while Broadway favorite Marguerite Skirvin was seen as the errant wife. The central character of Stockton was portrayed by Tyrone Power Sr., father of the same-named matinee idol of the 1930s and '40s and the star of the original stage version of Aristocracy.