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Betrayed by a Handprint (1908)

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Mrs. Wharton, a dashing widow, gives a party at her beautiful villa in honor of the presentation to her of a handsome diamond necklace by her fiancé. During the evening bridge participated ... See full summary »

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Mrs. Wharton, a dashing widow, gives a party at her beautiful villa in honor of the presentation to her of a handsome diamond necklace by her fiancé. During the evening bridge participated in by a number of the guests, among whom is Myrtle Vane. Miss Vane is playing in wretched luck, and is advised several times by Mrs. Wharton to desist, but she still plays on in the vain hopes of the tide of fortune turning, until at last, in the extreme of desperation, she stakes her all and loses. Shame and disgrace stare her in the face. What can she do to recoup her depleted fortune? As one of the guests there is Professor Francois Paracelsus, the eminent palmister, who of course, was called upon to read the palms of those present. Sheets of paper were prepared and each imprinted their hand on a sheet to be read by the erudite soothsayer at his leisure, and so were left on the drawing room table. All have now retired to the apartments assigned them by Mrs. Wharton, but there seems to be a ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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This film is simply terrible.
24 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

As I watched "Betrayed by a Handprint", two overwhelming problems were obvious with the film. First, and most importantly, I had no idea what was occurring in the movie...none whatsoever. If you read the IMDb summary, then it does make sense--but folks back in 1908 did not have that and really must have been baffled. Some intertitle cards (which were to soon become popular) would have solved this problem, but the film had none to explain the action. Second, the acting is just awful--with LOTS of overly exaggerated actions. The direction was a problem because the man in charge (D.W. Griffith) SHOULD have told them to stop over-emoting and making such ludicrous arm gestures. All in all, an amazingly bad film from a supposed master craftsman.


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