Cast & Crew
Blanche, the daughter of a self-made millionaire, is not ambitious like her mother and older sister. She says she is a climber for happiness, marriage and love, not for wealth. She marries Richard Sterling after he lies to her other suitor, Ned Warden, that they are engaged. After Blanche's father dies, Richard neglects her and engages in stock market speculation with securities from her father and others. His open love affair with a notorious woman causes Blanche suffering, but Ned stands by her. When Richard's deals fall through, Ned prevents his escape. After Richard confesses, in a room lit only by lightning, to his dishonesty and to being a climber after wealth, Ned helps him by persuading James Garfield Trotter, a newly rich man intent on becoming a social climber, to back Richard's notes. After Richard dies from an overdose of headache pills, Blanche realizes her love for Ned.
James C. Spottswood
James A. Furey
Although reviewers list the actor playing "James Garfield Trotter" as George Spotswood, the 1920 MPSD credits James C. Spottswood as acting in the film. Some scenes of the film were shot at Bay Shore, Long Island. An earlier version based on this play was produced in 1915 by the Lubin Mfg. Co.. Warner Bros. Pictures released another version based on the play on May 14, 1927, directed by Paul Stein, and starring Irene Rich. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0922.)