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Sweet Alyssum (1915)

Roanoke Brooks family is torn apart when his boss, Robert Garlan, begins pursuing his wife Daisy. When the sordid affairs ends in tragedy Roanoke moves to the country to raise his daughter.... See full synopsis »

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Colin Campbell

Writers:

Charles Major (story "Sweet Alyssum: A Story of the Indiana Oil Fields"), Gilson Willets
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Tyrone Power Sr. ... Roanoke Brooks (as Tyrone Power)
Kathlyn Williams ... Daisy Brooks
Edith Johnson ... Sweet Alyssum
Wheeler Oakman ... Wynne Garlan
Frank Clark Frank Clark ... Robert Garlan
Harry Lonsdale ... Thurlow
Baby Jean Fraser Baby Jean Fraser ... Sweet Alyssum as a Child (as Baby Frazer)
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Roanoke Brooks family is torn apart when his boss, Robert Garlan, begins pursuing his wife Daisy. When the sordid affairs ends in tragedy Roanoke moves to the country to raise his daughter. Twenty years later Garlan's grown son, John, flees the city and scandal only to find himself lodging with Roanoke and his lovely daughter sweet Alyssum, none aware how their pasts are interconnected. Soon John and Alyssum are falling love, but is there any happiness to be had or will they be forced to pay for their parents crimes.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1915 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Following the successful mid-1948 telecasts of Othello (1922) and The Eagle (1925), New York City's WJZ (Channel 7), began a series of silent film feature presentations, shown more or less in their entirety, which aired intermittently for the next twelve months. This feature was initially broadcast Wednesday 17 August 1949. See more »

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The Father Sins; the Son is Sinned Against
25 November 2013 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Tyrone Power Sr. shoots his wife and the man she has betrayed him with. Twenty years later, the man's son is framed for embezzlement so another man can take the money and his wife. He flees and as a school teacher, boards with Power and marries his daughter.

It's a mess of a plot from a novel by the man better known for writing "When Knighthood Was in Flower" but it's handled pretty well, if a bit telegraphically in this short feature from 1915. The movie makers were still learning how to make features at this point and producer William Selig was a bit wary of the form. Nonetheless, the acting is good and if it is apparent that large amounts of plot wound up chopped out of the treatment, the acting is pretty good.

The first half, in fact, is excellent, with the plot being carried almost entirely by the acting. If in the second half there is a bit of a drop-off in an effort to get as much of the book in as possible, well, that's a problem that some movies still have.


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