A Fool There Was (1915) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Fool There Was (1915)




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A cold-blooded female "vampire" seduces a good man, selfishly controlling him through his desire for her and driving him to ultimate destruction. American-born screen temptress supreme Theda Bara's movie debut was derived from a tale by Rudyard Kipling.

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Mabel Frenyer
as The Fool's Wife
Theda Bara
as The Vampire
Edward José
as John Schuyler
Mabel Frenyear
as Mrs. Kate Schuyler
Runa Hodges
as The Child
May Allison
as Her Sister
Victor Benoit
as Parmalee
Frank Powell
as The Doctor
Gloria Swanson
as The Sultan's Wife
Minna Gale
as His Fiancee
Bobby Vernon
as The Sultan's Wife
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Critic Reviews for A Fool There Was

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

Miss Bara as the vampire scores easily.

March 9, 2021 | Full Review…

The "Vampire" has been given an inimitable interpretation by Theda Bara... There is also noticeable, beside the fine photographic results achieved, a marvelous attention to the smallest human detail.

March 9, 2021 | Full Review…

It cause a good impression on me what i observe in 'A Fool There Was', the Fox silent film directed by Frank Powell and starring Edward José and the mythical Theda Bara as The Vamp. [Full review in Spanish]

August 13, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The old fashioned drama is creaky and if judged just in modern terms, it doesn't pass the giggle test.

June 16, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

For film buffs it is interesting from a historical perspective but as a film narrative it's just too crude by today's standards.

December 6, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A horror classic growing creepier with age.

June 12, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Fool There Was


Obviously it's an early silent and possesses a continuity that adheres to that so it does retain a certain disorientation. But if watch it through you get a strange and interesting story. Theda Bera alone, though, has a really undeniable presence and pull. Plus you got a groundbreaking story for the time about a "Vamp" that although doesn't suck out a man's blood, but sucks out his life for seemingly no gain other than the pleasure of causing his destruction.

Patrick Dolan
Patrick Dolan

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