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Through Darkened Vales (1911)

Hard-working Dave loves Grace, but she rejects him for a flashier suitor. Grace is blinded in an accident, and her suitor abandons her. Meanwhile, Dave also goes blind from eye strain ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Blanche Sweet ... Grace
Grace Henderson Grace Henderson ... Grace's Mother
Charles West Charles West ... Dave - Grace's Sweetheart
Joseph Graybill ... Howard - the Village Beau
Dell Henderson ... First Doctor
Kate Toncray Kate Toncray ... Nurse
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... Second Doctor
Charles Hill Mailes ... Oculist
Adolph Lestina Adolph Lestina ... Oculist's Assistant
Fred Mace ... Dave's Employer
Kate Bruce ... Cleaning Woman
Jackie Saunders ... Howard's Next Girlfriend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edwin August
William Bechtel ... Office Technician
Christy Cabanne ... In Oculist's Office (as W. Christy Cabanne)
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Hard-working Dave loves Grace, but she rejects him for a flashier suitor. Grace is blinded in an accident, and her suitor abandons her. Meanwhile, Dave also goes blind from eye strain caused by overwork. Dave learns of Grace's misfortune and gives a doctor the money he was saving for his own operation, so her sight can be restored. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1911 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

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Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Totally confusing--the print I saw must have been missing something
19 November 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The version of this film I saw was a lot shorter than how long this film was supposed to be. Some of this could be due to differing cranking speeds--silent films greatly varied on their length due to how fast the camera and projector are hand-cranked. In addition, a lot of very early films exist in several versions--some times because the film was cut apart by movie theaters or distributors and some times simply because the print is so old, only portions remain. Whichever MIGHT be the case with this film, something definitely was missing. That's because I found I really needed to read the summary on IMDb to understand what was occurring in the film--it really isn't evident in the film and there are no inter-title cards in the film to clue you in to what is occurring.

Based on what I saw and the summary, the film itself is pretty silly and old fashioned--with an interesting plot that is almost impossible to believe. Compared to other movies of the time, this one is slightly worse than average and doesn't especially play well almost 100 years later.


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