His Romany Wife (1915)

On a surveying trip Travis, a civil engineer meets Zara, the belle of a Gypsy camp. Despite the warning that Gypsy love seldom brings happiness, he marries her. Tonio, her lover, vows ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Alan Hale ... Travers
Kate Bruce ... Travers' Mother
Vola Vale ... Alice Gray (as Vola Smith)
Louise Vale ... Zara - a Gypsy
Franklin Ritchie Franklin Ritchie ... Tonio - the Gypsy Leader
Jack Drumier Jack Drumier ... Gorman
Baby Guerin Baby Guerin ... The Baby


On a surveying trip Travis, a civil engineer meets Zara, the belle of a Gypsy camp. Despite the warning that Gypsy love seldom brings happiness, he marries her. Tonio, her lover, vows revenge. After her son is born Zara pines for her people and returns to them. Travers takes the baby home to his mother and renews associations with Alice Gray, his boyhood friend. Zara is taken from the camp by Gorman, a theatrical manager, who trains her as a classical dancer. Tonio follows her to the city. Travers again meets the Gypsies and is told that Zara is dead. He asks Alice to marry him, and she consents. At the theater he recognizes his Romany wife in Zarita, the dancer. He rushes out distraught. After a sleepless night he reads in a newspaper that La Zarita is dead, stabbed by a jealous lover. Tonio has executed his oath of vengeance, and Travers is free to marry Alice, a woman of his race, with ideals like his own. For Romany love seldom brings happiness. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama







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23 February 1915 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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A strong dramatic subject
28 September 2019 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

"His Romany Wife" is a strong dramatic subject. There is a gypsy side to it, and this furnishes opportunity for work in the wide outdoors. Alan Hale has the role of Travers, a civil engineer who marries Zara, a gypsy, portrayed by Louise Vale. The underlying theme is the mismating of the two; the man accustomed to the standards of civilization, with due regard for the importance of neatness and order in the home; the woman brought up in ignorance of all the domestic arts except the absolutely primitive. Then, too, there surges in her blood the love of the camp, the freedom of the open. It is only a question of time before the woman will forsake child and husband and go back to her own. It is only a question of time before the husband will realize his mistake and his heart will turn to the sweetheart of his boyhood, the girl in his own station. There are many good situations in the working out of the plot; there is drama, and there is tragedy of the heart and blood, too. Franklin Ritchie is the gypsy lover of Zara; he loves her before she goes away with Travers, and his infatuation for her continues. Jack Drumier is Gorman, the theatrical agent, who discovers in Zara material for an accomplished stage dancer and takes her from the camp to which she has returned after deserting her family. Vola Smith is Alice, the childhood friend of Travers, who it is fair to assume becomes his wife following the accidental killing of Zara by Tonio, the knife being intended for Gorman. The story is well played and well staged. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915

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