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A Biograph picture that redeems their high standing in the producing field after the slip made in "The Children's Friend." In "The Broken Locket" we are introduced to the finesse of acting and staging which within the year has created a world-wide demand for Biograph subjects. The sad story of a young man's downfall through yielding to temptation, the consequent blighting of the life of a trusting sweetheart, the repentance that came too late, are all presented in a manner so convincing that as a moral lesson "The Broken Locket" ranks with any of the sermons in pictures ever issued by this company, which is the highest praise that can be given. Photographic excellence also prevails throughout. - The Moving Picture World, September 25, 1909
Frank Powell (as George Peabody) and Mary Pickford (as Ruth King) are
a-courting. When Mr. Powell decides to venture out west, to make his
fortune, Ms. Pickford is devastated. She promises to wait for his
successful return, and gives him half of a locket; and, they pledge
their eternal love. While Pickford pines away, Powell gets way-out-west
drunk, and takes up with Mexican woman Marion Leonard.
Powell's descent is a little difficult to comprehend; perhaps it is the power of drink. He seemed to have very little use for "The Broken Locket" while in Ms. Leonard's company. Leonard writes one powerful letter, by the way; the mere reading of one may cause blindness!
** The Broken Locket (9/16/09) D.W. Griffith ~ Frank Powell, Mary Pickford, Marion Leonard
Broken Locket, The (1909)
** (out of 4)
strange an uneven short from Griffith has a man leaving his wife (Mary Pickford) so that he can make them rich. Before he goes the two break a locket in half to remind each other of their love. The film doesn't make too much sense and it jumps all over the place making it rather hard to follow.
Strange Meeting, A (1909)
** 1/2 (out of 4)
A woman is forced into robbing from a preacher but later she wants to repent so she goes to that same precher for forgiveness. Griffith does his usual moral job here with religion being looked at very highly. Nice but nothing overly good.
This eleven minute offering presents too many cardboard characters from the East Coast. It places a heavy emphasis on stage animation rather than focusing on narrative. The love interest between Frank Powell and Mary Pickford is contrived and unconvincing. Powell is not only an unlikeable character, he comes across as quite arrogant and unengaging. He didn't endear himself to me, although I still think that Pickford delivered a good performance. The 34 year old D.W. Griffith still cannot get out of the habit of presenting ethnic stereotype characters are simple, inferior and laughable. The film keeps changing viewpoint, making you uncertain of whose perspective this is being told from. Obviously the director's.
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