~A Fool and His Money~
1925
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton

Written by:
Douglas Z. Doty - adaptation
Dorothy Howell - scenario
Walter Anthony - titles

Based upon the novel by George Barr McCutcheon
~Cast~

Madge Bellamy ... Countess von Pless
William Haines ... John Smart
Stuart Holmes ... Count von Pless
Alma Bennett ... Annette Ritazi
Heinie Conklin ... Citizen
Lon Poff ... Citizen
Carrie Clark Ward ... Mrs. Schmick
Eugenie Besserer ... Mother
Edwards Davis ... Father
Billie Jeane Phelps ... Rich Baby
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: Columbia Pictures

Film Editing by: Jack Kelly

Length: 6 Reels
Runtime: 56 Minutes
Released: January 1, 1925
~Plot Synopsis~
John Smart, a hack writer, inherits a fortune from a distant uncle and buys a castle in Laupheim from
Count von Pless. Arriving in Laupheim, John, who is received coldly by the count's former retainers,
is informed that the castle is haunted. John later sees what appears to be the ghost of a beautiful
young woman and pursues it, discovering that the "ghost" is the estranged wife of the count, hidden
with her child at the castle by devoted servants. The woman tells John of her husband's cruelty, and
John vows to protect her. When the count discovers that John is harboring his wife, he returns to the
castle with soldiers and attempts to abduct her by force. John fights off the count until the girl and
her child have had time to escape by airplane. Smart is convicted of obstructing justice, his castle is
confiscated, and he is deported to the United States. Unknown to John, his valet has discovered a
hidden fortune at the castle and brought it back to America. This fortune enables John to marry the
divorced countess.