Lois Wilson Theodore Von Eltz Furies 1930

Shot from the film.

The Furies 1930 Poster

A poster from the film.

Over the years, much of the filmography of actress Lois Wilson has either been lost, partially-lost, or once-lost-now-found. Falling into the "lost" category was a film released in 1930, during the Pre-Code era, a time between the introduction of sound with the original 1927 The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson, and the invention of the Hays Code censorship guidelines in 1954. The movie in question is known as The Furies, which despite being lost, has had plot summaries and cast information provided by private film collectors who own copies, which began to deteriorate according to 2005 reports.


The Furies is about Fifi Sands (Wilson), a woman who is married to the millionaire Mr. Sands (actor name unknown), who constantly cheats on her. However, because of these affairs, she falls in love with Owen McDonald (Theodore von Eltz), and asks her husband for a divorce, and refuses everytime she asks. Then, Oliver Bedlow (H.B. Warner), who is Mr. Sands' lawyer, managed to prevent Fifi from divorcing her husband for a long period of time. One night at a dinner party hosted by Smith (Tyler Brooke), Fifi announces that Mr. Sands had finally allowed her to divorce him. McDonald, however, is disappointed that she didn't ask for a settlement, or an alimony.

Later on in the evening, Fifi's son, Alan Sands (Bryon Sage), discovers that his father was poisoned to death. After the dinner party, Alan then accuses McDonald for the murder, calling him a "penniless fortune-hunter", and also chatises his own mother for apparently covering him. Then, family doctor Dr. Cummings (Alan Birmingham) is accused of the murder because of his strange interest in Fifi. Interestingly, Fifi herself is accused because she apparently looked distraught during the dinner party. Other known characters include Oliver's butler (Ben Hendricks Jr.), the District Attorney (Purnell Pratt), and Bennett (Carl Stockdale).

Surviving Assets

As well as the aforementioned deteriorating copies, two posters, a photograph, and possibly the soundtrack (which was recorded on Vitaphone discs) are known to have survived.

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