~The Iron Strain~
1915
Directed by: Reginald Barker

Written by: C. Gardner Sullivan - scenario
~Louise Glaum in her very famous Spider Gown~
~Cast~

Dustin Farnum ...  'Chuck' Hemingway
Enid Markey ...  Octavia Van Ness
Charles K. French ...  Ezra Whitney
Louise Glaum ...  Kitty Molloy
Truly Shattuck ...  Mrs. Van Ness
Joseph J. Dowling ...  Justice of the Peace (as Joseph Dowling)
Nigura Eagle Feather ...  Emma
Joe Goodboy ...  Joe
Louis Morrison ...  Dance Hall Proprietor
~From The Sante Fe New Mexican~
March 25, 1916
Sante Fe, New Mexico
~LOUISE GLAUM'S "SPIDER GOWN" ONLY ONE OF ACTRESS' REMARKABLE COSTUMES~
"Yes, I designed them myself - all but one," admitted Louise Glaum. About her in her dressing room at the
Culver City studio where Triangle-Ince films are made, where an even dozen of most original creations.
And the newly-made star, who was seen to such advantage in "The Iron Stain," is wearing them all in her
new picture - the one that shortly is to introduce her to stardom.
"I have another 'vampire' part in this piece, but it is quite different from the dance hall girls I have been
playing with Mr. Hart," she said. "Of course there are many types of the vampire woman - which people
don't always understand - and there is just as much chance to individualise them as there is with other
kinds of character parts.
"Designing a gown means to me what painting a picture must mean to an artist, for there is art in both of
them - a problem in expression. One must plan to get into a garment the high-light of gaiety and the deep
shadows of sorrow. And the problem goes much further. The very mood of some must be caught in the
gown worn in it.
"In this play, for instance, I am suppose to be a spiderish sort of person with a penchant for flies. So to aid
in luring them to my web I wear this spider gown. Isn't it clever?" The interviewer duly went into
raptures. "That is the one I didn't design," continued Miss Glaum, thus bringing the interviewer back to
earth with a dull thud. "A sketch was submitted that was so spidery I despaired of being able to do as well
and gladly followed. These strands and tiny back beads across the front of the bodice represent the web.
While it is all very simple, it screams wonderfully.
"That is one serious limitation we who are working on the screen feel keenly. We get no colors in the
picture. Yet, I always work out the color scheme just as if it were for the stage. On the screen it comes out
in black, white and tones of grey. So one must get the desired effect with tone and lines and textures that
will photograph.
"More's the pity, there are wonderful chances for colors, too, in part like this. Here for instance is my
peacock gown. You notice that these are real peacock feathers. There are dozens of them worked into
the costume. It fits a certain part of the play exactly; and I am very proud of it."
The interviewer had been gazing admiringly at the costume Miss Glaum was wearing. It was a daring
juxtaposition of delicate green and pale pink chiffon that half-revealed, through filmy Turkish
trouseretes, the lines of the rounded figure in exquisitely flowing lines.
The pretty star caught the look and laughed a silvery pearl of mirth.
"This is a little negligee for some scenes in the wonderful Oriental room they have set up. You must see
that room. It's on number three stage. There is shockingly little of this costume - but isn't it deliciously
wicked?"
There were more gowns to be examined and the interviewer, being female too, was on the tip-toe of
expectancy, but just at that moment the usual interruption came. A knock and "On the set, please. Miss
Glaum."
Hastily she gave a touch here and a dab there to her make-up and with a cheery, "Come along over and
see my gorgeous spider-web," she sped across the lot to the big glass stage and the camera.
~From Piqua Leader-Dispatch~
October 12, 1916
Piqua, Ohio
...I have been told that a dress called the "spider gown" make people gasp. because it is slashed across the
front diagonally, the black velvet being contrasted with white silk overlaid with a net spider web and
spider. It has caused some startled comment.  I hold that this is simply because it is unusual, and not
because it is indecorous...Louise Glaum
~Remaining Credits~

Production Companies:
Kay-Bee Pictures
New York Motion Picture

Distribution Company: Triangle Distributing

Produced & Supervised by: Thomas H. Ince
Cinematography by: Robert Newhard

Length: 6 Reels
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Released: November 7, 1915
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