The Power of the Press (1914)

An innocent man, serving a sentence of five years in prison through the perjured testimony of the real criminal, Steve Carson, foreman of a shipyard, strikes up a warm friendship with his ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Lionel Barrymore ... Steve Carson
William Russell ... Turner Morgan
Vivian Prescott ... Annie Hosford Carson
Betty Gray ... Mary Hosford
Mrs. A.C. Marston Mrs. A.C. Marston ... Mrs. Harold Norwood aka Julia Seymour (as A.C. Marston)
Charles E. Graham Charles E. Graham ... Joe Hawes
Hector V. Sarno Hector V. Sarno ... Harold Norwood
Alan Hale ... Sam Freeborn
William Jefferson ... Antsey - Cub Reporter
Mrs. Lawrence Marston ... Undetermined Secondary Role
W.C. Robinson W.C. Robinson ... Policeman
Sidney D'Albrook Sidney D'Albrook ... Undetermined Role


An innocent man, serving a sentence of five years in prison through the perjured testimony of the real criminal, Steve Carson, foreman of a shipyard, strikes up a warm friendship with his cellmate, Harold Norwood, a defaulting paying teller. No less strange than their friendship is the befriending of Steve's wife, Annie, by Julia Seymour, prima donna, who is Norwood's wife. As a reward of good behavior, the men are released on Christmas morning. Annie is bewildered by the receipt of a bank book which shows that large deposits of gold have been made in her name and that of her sister, Mary, by their uncle, George Hosford, who, dying in Alaska, has entrusted the book to Joe Hawes, a fellow prospector. Hawes, coming to New York, has met Turner Morgan, Steve's predecessor as foreman of the shipyard, who bears Carson a lasting grudge and has fastened upon him the crime for which he was imprisoned. Morgan has tried to get the money, failed and lost the book. Anstey, a cub reporter on a ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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October 1914 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Biograph After Griffith
30 December 2002 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

By the time this Biograph came out, Klaw & Ehrlanger had taken over and D.W. Griffith had walked. And, while the people at Biograph had learned a lot of the mechanical lessons of Griffith's era -- the acting is fine, the cutting is fine, the crowd scenes are well done, and the composition uses the familiar 'Biograph Right Wall' -- nonetheless, this is clearly not Griffith's work. What is missing is movement within the frame, the sophisticated complication of action that Griffith understood and which the unnamed director and cameraman did not, and the sense that the story is about more than story. As a result, it winds up looking like Griffith's work from 1909, and unremarkable Griffith from that period.

That being the case, this is a technically interesting movie, since it underscores what Griffith understood about film making that his contemporaries did not. If, however, you are interested in good movies, rather than seeing everything that Lionel Barrymore did, or the young Alan Hale, give it a miss.

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