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The daughter of a staid New England minister is brought up in absolute ignorance of the ways of the outside world, and, when she gets the slightest inkling of its glamour, it makes a decided impression. Into her hands have fallen several theatrical newspapers, and she and her girl chum eagerly digest their contents, recounting in glowing terms what seems to be a golden existence. So wrought up were they that they immediately give vent to their ebullient spirits by indulging in a quasi-dramatic performance. This is a scene of broad burlesque, and, during its enaction, the minister enters and is greatly shocked, not to say incensed. A stormy scene occurs between him and his daughter, which ends with her leaving home. She applies for a position in the chorus of a New York opera company. What a contrast she makes at the trial of voices, but with determination she pulls through the ordeal and is accepted. Owing to her sweet face and manners, together with a beautiful voice, her rise in the... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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3 July 1908 (USA)  »

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Crossroads of Life  »

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Griffith the Actor
2 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

At the Crossroads of Life (1908)

** (out of 4)

A stage actress (Linda Arvidson), who ran away from home against the wishes of her father, desperately wants to get that father's approval after she's a success but he still refuses to talk to her. The story of this film is credited to D.W. Griffith, who also has a small role in the film, but the direction here is so bad that it's hard to make out what's going on. Apparently Griffith was unhappy in how the film turned out and this might be one of the biggest reasons why he agreed to become a director. Arvidson gives a good performance in the film as does Charles Inslee in his small role. Robert Harron and Griffith both have small roles as well. Once again, you really can't help but think the film would have turned out better with someone like Griffith directing.


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