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Whirl of life
Bailey, Oliver D. (Field director)
Castle, Vernon, 1887-1918 (Author)
Castle, Irene, 1893-1969 (Performer)
Carr, Catherine (Screenwriter)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) (Owner)
Castle, Vernon, 1887-1918 (Performer)
Cort Film Corp. (Producer)

General Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1915
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 1490
moving images
Castle, Irene, 1893-1969
Castle, Vernon, 1887-1918
Ballroom dancing -- 1900-1924
Motion pictures
Filmed dance
Statement of responsibility: directed by Oliver D. Bailey ; produced by Cort Film Corp. ; screenplay by Catherine Carr, based on a story by Vernon Castle.
Content: Film preserved by the Museum of Modern Art Department of Film.
Content: Silent motion picture with titles in English.
Performers: Vernon and Irene Castle (playing themselves), Kate Blanks (Mrs. Foote, Irene's mother), William Carleton, Sr. (Dr. Foote, Irene's father), Arthur Stanford (John Crosby), Edward Cort (the gangster), and others.
Additional physical form: Excerpts also available in electronic form, digitized by The New York Public Library.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 videocassettes (U-matic) (33 min.) : silent, black and white ; 3/4 in.
Semi-biographical drama based on the partnership of Irene and Vernon Castle, beginning with their first encounter, early struggles, and first successes. In the fictionalized second half, Irene is abducted by gangsters. In addition to scenes of the Castles dancing, there is a brief montage showing socialites, children, and blacks performing dances.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12168244
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): abdcb070-f875-0130-c9cd-3c075448cc4b
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1915: Created
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Whirl of life" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1915.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Whirl of life" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 30, 2020.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1915). Whirl of life Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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Whirl of life