A Strange Melody (1914)

Jack Bowdoin, a gambler, had killed his man and gloried in it; yet he had a strange passion for music and had installed in his private room an organ where, without instruction, he had ... See full summary »

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Clay M. Greene
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Cast overview:
James Daly ... John Colt
Carol Holloway ... Mary Colt
Clarence Elmer ... Carl Colt
Minnie Prince Minnie Prince ... Mrs. Colt
John Smiley John Smiley ... Shorty Hall
Joseph W. Smiley ... Jack Bowdoin (as Joseph Smiley)
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Jack Bowdoin, a gambler, had killed his man and gloried in it; yet he had a strange passion for music and had installed in his private room an organ where, without instruction, he had grasped the works of the great sacred masters. Among his customers was a young man named Carl Colt, who nightly gambled his small salary. His sister, Mary, an organist at the church, came one night to Bowdoin's casino and requested an interview. Being shown into the private room, she ran her fingers over the keys of the organ. Bowdoin entered and listened, then exclaimed, "I will give you a thousand dollars if you can make me play like that." Mary immediately spoke of her mission and begged the gambler to cure her brother of his passion for the game. At this moment a shot rang out in the casino and Bowdoin found Carl defending himself against a desperado, Shorty Hall, who had stolen a bet from the table. Shorty was ejected and Mary and her father continued the plea for the reformation of Carl. Hall and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1914 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Merely strung together
18 June 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A two-reel number, with Carol Halloway and Joseph Smiley in the leading roles, the scenario being written by Clay M. Green. The gambler's love for the church organist is made convincing, but many of the incidents seemed merely strung together to make a picture and were of an obvious nature. After her brother has shot the gambler the girl goes to him and declares her love. The photography is rather dark in places. - The Moving Picture World, March 28, 1914


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