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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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8 February 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Florence Lawrence is Kate Bruce's house guest. After a losing evening at cards, Florence breaks into her host's jewel box and steals a pearl necklace. Kate finds out who did it, confronts her and orders Miss Lawrence out of her house, but later forgives her and writes a check for the poor young thing. It's not like Miss Lawrence is a housemaid who has taken leftover food, after all.

D.W. Griffith already has the basics of his screen techniques down. There are no title cards, yet the story proceeds apace. There are a variety of shots, including one extreme close-up and cameramen Billy Bitzer and Arthur Marvin have established the Biograph Right Wall.

What Griffith has not yet done is gotten his actresses to tone it down. Miss Lawrence's joy at getting the pearls is little short of St. Vitus' Dance, and when Miss Bruce orders her out of the house with a "Go and darken my door no more" gesture, she does it with such vigor I was worried she would throw her back out. That style of acting was something he would tackle over the following year.


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