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The Pleasure Buyers

The Pleasure Buyers
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Directed byChester Withey
Written by
Based onThe Pleasure Buyers
by Arthur Somers Roche
CinematographyJoseph Walker
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • December 19, 1925 (1925-12-19)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Pleasure Buyers is a 1925 American silent mystery drama film directed by Chester Withey and starring Irene Rich, Clive Brook, and Gayne Whitman.[1] It was made by Warner Bros. In 1926 it was released in Britain by Gaumont British Distributors.[2][3]



As described in a film magazine review,[4] Gene Cassenas, a careless gambler, is engaged to Helen Ripley. In an effort to save Helen from Gene's fascination, Joan Wiswell arouses his antagonism. After an exciting night here he quarrels with several different persons, Gene is shot fatally while sitting at his Palm Beach home by someone hidden in the dark outside. Former police commissioner Tad Workman is called in to investigate. Six persons are under investigation: a valet, society beauty Joan, her brother Tommy, former business associate Terry, fiancée Helen, and the latter's father. Suspicion regarding the murder falls on Joan because of the argument. After investigation, it is shown that the valet rigged a wall clock to fire a gun at a certain time. With Joan cleared, she and Tad are free to marry.



Preservation status


A print of The Pleasure Buyers is held at Museum of Modern Art.[5]


  1. ^ Goble p. 394
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Pleasure Buyers Archived February 23, 2017, at the Wayback Machine at
  3. ^ "The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: The Pleasure Buyers". Archived from the original on February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  4. ^ Elliott, Frank (February 13, 1926), "Pre-Release Review of Features: The Pleasure Buyers", Motion Picture News, 33 (6), New York City, New York: Motion Picture News, Inc.: 807, retrieved February 7, 2023 Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. ^ "The Library of Congress / FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Pleasure Buyers". Archived from the original on February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2017.


  • Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter, 1999.

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