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Great Expectations (1917)

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

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Charles Dickens (novel), Doty Hobart | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Jack Pickford ... Pip
Louise Huff ... Estella
Frank Losee ... Able Magwitch, alias Provis
William Black William Black ... Joe Gargery (as W.W. Black)
Marcia Harris Marcia Harris ... Mrs. Gargery
Grace Barton Grace Barton ... Miss Havisham
Herbert Prior ... Mr. Jaggers
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"Pip," an orphan, lives with his sister, whose husband runs a country blacksmith shop. The boy's life is a drab one until, in an effort to escape his sister's wrath, he runs into a graveyard where he is seized by an escaped convict, Provis, who threatens him with instant death if he does not give him food and a file with which to remove the ball and chain from his ankle. Pip does as he is bid, only to have the convict captured and brought to the blacksmith shop, when poor Pip nearly expires for fear he will be apprehended. But the grateful Provis lies to save him. The next step in the history of Pip is the arrival of Mr. Jaggers, a London lawyer, who is so struck by his gentility that he selects him as a companion for Estella, the adopted daughter of his client, Miss Havisham, a most secretive and peculiar woman. The companionship of the two youngsters ripens into love as they grow older, until Pip learns to his dismay that Miss Havisham has deliberately encouraged them with the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Release Date:

8 January 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fångens hemlighet See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Many liberties have been taken with the story
9 November 2014 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

In "Great Expectations," we have an interesting and well-staged subject. The script has been based upon the well-known novel by Charles Dickens. Many liberties have been taken with the story, but the essence of this old tale has been preserved. We have Pip, the boy to whom fell such wonderful adventures as a result of his forced aid to a starving escaped convict; we have Magwitch, the prisoner who made good in Australia and showered his riches on the child who had been to him a friend in need; and there are Miss Havisham, the strange woman who when the bridegroom failed to appear closed her house and until her death wore no garb but her wedding gown; and Joe Gargery, the blacksmith, and Mrs. Joe and Mr. Jaggers. And there is Estella, the adopted child of Miss Havisham, reared in the hope that she would break all men's hearts. In revenge for the suffering of her protector. Jack Pickford is Pip, a good interpretation of the lad who from the abuse of his sister, Mrs. Joe, and his 'prenticeship to Joe was so mysteriously lifted into the "gentleman" class. Frank Losee gives a fine portrayal of the convict. Louise Huff is Estella, shown as in love with Pip from the beginning, and does not tease and ridicule him as Dickens pictured her. W.W. Black is Joe and Marcia Harris is Mrs. Joe. The limitations of five reels do not permit the bringing out of the nobility of character of the blacksmith. We do get a good idea, however, of the shrewlike qualities of Mrs. Joe. Grace Barton is Miss Havisham and Herbert Prior is Mr. Jaggers. It is a good cast. Director Robert Vignola shows some notable settings. One of these is of the London street in which are situated the quarters of Pip. Another is the background where Magwitch takes boat to escape the soldiers. There is suspense following the return of Magwitch. – The Moving Picture World, January 20, 1917


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