Arthur Vaughn, a rising young artist, steps into a cobbler's shop to "save his sole," and sees there a girl, the daughter of the cobbler. The cobbler is an habitual drunkard, and the artist... See full summary »
Charles De Forrest
An isolated house in deserted area is too remote for a servant, who leaves a note, quietly exits the back door, and puts the key under the mat. Alone in the house is a mother and her infant... See full summary »
Mr. Newlywed will not allow his wife to have a dog. Her uncle, taking pity on her, goes out to buy one. Meanwhile, Wilkens and his wife, butler and maid to the Newlyweds are informed they ... See full summary »
Far from the maddened throngs of the city, far from the teeming, seething city streets, in a little fishing town, lives Tess and her half-witted brother, Sam. By clam digging they earn a ... See full summary »
Edwin S. Porter,
Charles De Forrest
Old Joel Smith is charged with murder in the first degree. At the trial he pleads in opposition to his own lawyers. He explains that he is now too old to be of any assistance to his widowed... See full summary »
In the eastern part of New Mexico is locate the little mining town of Gatlach. There, however, we find an active mining camp dependent largely upon the famous Gatlach mine for its existence... See full summary »
"Wild Bill" Gray is a renegade and a wife-beater. He is about to start on some expedition of crime and his wife implores him to stay at home. She receives a beating for her trouble. Jim, a ... See full summary »
Lois Weber and Phillips Smalley are lovers. When the Civil War begins, he must go to battle. Finally, after three years in the field, he is wounded in the field and reported as dead.
It's another very interesting effort by Weber and Smalley. The movie is based on a popular and sentimental song of the day by Ethelbert Nevin. This was by no means the first movie based on a poem; however, by restricting the image to a circle and placing inside a rosary, they clearly intended this as no simple gimmick, but an attempt to contrast the words of titles with the actions shown and illustrate the thoughts behind the poem.
It's a bit of a stretch, but there were occasional attempts to vary the shape of the image by use of mattes back to the 19th century, rather than using set design to construct an interior composition. Smalley and Weber would use a different visual structure in the same year's SUSPENSE.
The sentimentality of the film does not appeal to me, but don't let that stop you. Certainly the critics of the time were fulsome in their praise; even with my own taste I must admit it is a well-thought-out and interestingly produced movie.
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