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The Courtship of Miles Standish (1910)

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Miles Standish, as we all know, was a man among men, a warrior who knew no fear in battle, but who was very timid and abashed when it came to the wooing of the maid Priscilla. Therefore we ... See full summary »

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Betty Harte
Robert Z. Leonard
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Miles Standish, as we all know, was a man among men, a warrior who knew no fear in battle, but who was very timid and abashed when it came to the wooing of the maid Priscilla. Therefore we see him requesting his young comrade, John Alden, to go to Priscilla and give her a bunch of mayflowers as a token of his love. John goes to her, and sincere in his devotion to his friend, tells her of the strength of character and of the nobility of the man who has sent him to her. He pleads, but his pleading has the wrong effect, for the maid loses her heart to him. But John cannot understand, and so he goes on urging the suit of his friend, explaining, persuading, speaking of the courage and skill of Standish and of all his battles in Flanders, until finally the truth dawns upon him as she archly smiles at him, and with tremulous voice, whispers, "Why don't you speak for yourself, John?" Heart-torn betwixt love for the maid and duty to Standish, John returns home. At first we find him in despair ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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21 February 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Always Longfellow's poem relating the story of Miles Standish's wooing of the pretty Priscilla will be interesting. Always there will be sympathy for the older man, and the younger, too, and always there will be admiration for the young woman who had sufficient tact to encourage the young man who appealed to her heart. Marked by great beauty of descriptive expression and delightful appreciation of the subtleties of character development, the Selig players have caught the inspiration of the poem and have translated it into pictures so forcibly and with such precision of interpretation that the characters, who everybody loves and admires, move across the screen like living entities. There is Standish, the vigorous hero, with an air savoring strongly of braggadocio. There is Alden, young, lithe and typical of his surroundings, and Priscilla. For years everybody has loved her, and this adequate representation of her many virtues will increase that love. There are stirring scenes, too. One when Standish threatens Alden, and another during the Indian attack; but when Standish joins the hands of the young lovers and gives them his blessing a hush falls on the audience. Love has completed its true work. The staging is a faithful reproduction of the life and times represented, and affords an accurate representation of the home life of the period. The Selig Company has apparently absorbed something of the spirit of the time and reproduces it with fidelity to the original and with a spirit which makes it attractive. It is a picture well worth while. It instructs and entertains at the same time. Many favorite poems, those productions of the heart that will live forever, are capable of equally graphic illustration and producers could scarcely do better service in popularizing both literature and art than to present them as graphically as this one is presented. - The Moving Picture World, February 5, 1910


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