Betty Kenyon meets Basil Howard, a country gentleman, who has recently inherited the fertile acres that adjoin the handsome estate of Squire Kenyon. She secretly approves the clean-cut ... See full summary »

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Betty Kenyon meets Basil Howard, a country gentleman, who has recently inherited the fertile acres that adjoin the handsome estate of Squire Kenyon. She secretly approves the clean-cut young Englishman, but Betty is a sad little flirt and she thinks it never would do to let him perceive the impression he has made. To hide her real feelings she is inclined to hector him a bit and delights in putting his love to the test. They are walking by the lake when Betty decides that she desires some water lilies, well knowing that there are none within reach of the shore and that no boat is at hand. Basil, nothing daunted, strides into the water and gathers a double handful. All would have been well, but, in returning to shore, Basil has the misfortune to step upon a sunken log, which turns under his tread and causes him to lose his balance. He is a sorry sight when he reaches the shore and triumphantly presents his lilies to Betty. As they turn toward the house, Cecil Gilman, a visitor to the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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5 October 1909 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with Never Eat Green Apples (1909). See more »

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Action is what motion picture audiences want
7 January 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A tale of flirtation, combined with a burglary, in which there is gun play, and a girl who confesses that she flirted merely to tease and will not do it again. These are the elements utilized by the Vitagraph actors in constructing a rattling good play. It is one of those films which appeals to a larger proportion of a motion picture audience and satisfies them, as can be seen by the expression on their faces and their applause in some theaters. The action is there, and action is what motion picture audiences want. Nor is the drama entirely devoid of art; but however that may be, the average audience is much better pleased with melodrama than it is with drama, particularly where art is the feature rather than the action of the characters. The Vitagraph actors understand this disposition of the people and build their pictures accordingly. - The Moving Picture World, October 16, 1909


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