Sham is a lost 1921 American silent romantic drama directed by Thomas N. Heffron and starring Ethel Clayton and Theodore Roberts. The film is based on the 1905 play of the same name written by Elmer Harris and Geraldine Bonner, and was adapted for the screen by Douglas Z. Doty.
|Directed by||Thomas N. Heffron|
|Written by||Douglas Z. Doty (adaptation)|
by Elmer Harris and Geraldine Bonner
|Produced by||Jesse Lasky|
|Cinematography||C. Edgar Schoenbaum|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
Based upon a description in a film publication, Katherine Van Riper (Clayton) is an extravagant young society girl who is very much in debt, and her wealthy aunts and uncle refuse to give her any money. Katherine is desperate enough that she is considering marrying the wealthy Montee Buck (Hiers), although she is in love with the westerner Tom Jaffrey (Fillmore), who says he is poor. Finally, Katherine decides to sell the famous Van Riper pearls, pay off her debts, and marry Tom. However, upon examination the jewelry turns out to be paste, with her father having sold the genuine pearls several years earlier before his death. Montee is assured by the aunts that Katherine will marry him and tells this to Tom. Tom is about to leave town when Uncle James (Ricketts) steps in and pays off Katherine's debts, leaving the niece free to marry Tom.
- Ethel Clayton as Katherine Van Riper
- Clyde Fillmore as Tom Jaffrey
- Theodore Roberts as Jeriamiah Buck
- Sylvia Ashton as Aunt Bella
- Walter Hiers as Montee Buck
- Helen Dunbar as Aunt Louisa
- Arthur Edmund Carewe as Bolton
- Tom Ricketts as Uncle James
- Blanche Gray as Clementine Vickers
- Eunice Burnham as Maud Buck
- Carrie Clark Ward as Rosie
- The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Sham
- Roberts, Jerry (2003). The Great American Playwrights on the Screen: A Critical Guide to Film, Video, and DVD. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 223. ISBN 1-557-83512-8.
- "Sham: Star Pleasing as Usual; Story a Bit Weak". Film Daily. New York City: Wyd's Films and Film Folks, Inc. 16 (59): 9. May 29, 1921. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
- "The Daily Illini" (webpage). Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections. January 13, 1921. p. 7. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
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