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Director  J. Searle Dawley
Country  United States
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Language  Silent (English intertitles)
Release date  October 7, 1917 (1917-10-07)
Writer  Martha D. Foster, Mary Roberts Rinehart (story), Margaret Turnbull

Bab's Diary is a 1917 American silent romantic comedy film directed by J. Searle Dawley, and starring Marguerite Clark. The film's scenario was written by Martha D. Foster, based on the screen story "Her Diary" by Mary Roberts Rinehart. This was the first in a trilogy of Babs films all starring Clark.

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Plot

As described in a film magazine, Barbara Archibald (Clark) objects to being pushed into the background and, to give her family something to think about, declares that she is in love and is about to be married and end it all. She is amazed of the effect of her remark and thereupon invents a name for her lover and buys a photograph of a likely looking chap to impersonate him. Matters become complicated when Carter Brooks (Barrie), an old friend of the family, announces to Bab that he knows her new found friend and promises to bring him to a party so Bab can meet him. He also volunteers to deliver an impassioned love note she penned to her imaginary sweetheart Valentine, the name she had selected for him. An actor made up like the photograph is introduced to Bab and persists in his attentions until she flees from the house. She thinks of the love note and goes to the actor's apartment to secure it. An alarm is raised and she is found by the police apparently drowning in the bathtub, into which she had fallen. Matters are straightened up at home and she is sent back to school in disgrace.

The intertitles for the film are excerpts from Bab's diary which added to its amusement.

Cast

  • Marguerite Clark as Bab Archibald
  • Nigel Barrie as Carter Brooks
  • Leone Morgan as Jane Gray
  • Frank Losee as Mr. Archibald
  • Isabel O'Madigan as Mrs. Archibald
  • Richard Barthelmess as Tommy Gray
  • Helen Greene as Leila Archibald
  • Guy Coombs as Harry
  • John B. O'Brien as Harold Valentine
  • George Odell as The Butler
  • Preservation status

    All three of the Bab's films are now presumed lost.

    References

    Bab's Diary Wikipedia
    Babs Diary IMDb


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