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A Flash of Light (1910)

 |  Short, Romance  |  18 July 1910 (USA)
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John Rogers, a young chemist, is sincerely loved by the eldest of two sisters, but in a state of infatuation prefers the younger girl, fascinated by what he would call vivacity, but which ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Charles West ...
John Rogers
Vivian Prescott ...
Stephanie Longfellow ...
The Older Sister
Verner Clarges ...
The Father
Joseph Graybill ...
Horace Dooley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothy Bernard
William J. Butler ...
A Doctor
Charles Craig ...
Wedding Guest
Edward Dillon ...
John T. Dillon ...
At First Party / At Second Party (as Jack Dillon)
Ruth Hart ...
At Second Party
Guy Hedlund ...
At First Party / At Second Party
Grace Henderson ...
Henry Lehrman ...
At Second Party (unconfirmed)
Jeanie Macpherson


John Rogers, a young chemist, is sincerely loved by the eldest of two sisters, but in a state of infatuation prefers the younger girl, fascinated by what he would call vivacity, but which is nothing less than frivolousness. He marries her, and she soon tires of a life of domesticity. He tries to interest her in his chemical experiments but they simply bore her, although they are interesting to the sister, which interest is born of a pure love which she still holds. While he is working in his laboratory, the wife is either entertaining or being entertained by friends. She is in her element at a dinner party, when an explosion takes place in her husband's laboratory, apparently destroying his sight and hearing. It is a sad house she returns to after her evening's pleasure. There is her husband, deaf and sightless. You may imagine her lot is now more repugnant, as his helplessness annoys her, so she eagerly accepts diversion. This comes in the form of an offer from one of her friends, a ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Nice Drama from D.W.
22 January 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Flash of Light, A (1910)

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Pleasant melodrama from Griffith about a young chemist (Charles West) who has an experiment blow up in his face, which leaves him blind. His new wife doesn't like being burdened with him so she runs off and leaves her younger sister to take care of him. This isn't the best Griffith short out there but he manages to tell the story in a way that will keep you entertained even if that story is rather silly and far fetched. The biggest problem are all the plot twists that has the younger sister taking over the role of the older one and how the husband, even blind, would fall for this doesn't really work nor does the ending and the twist that happens here. Griffith, as usual, knows how to pour the drama on thick and for the most part he does a nice job keeping everything under control and his points about marriage are easy to spot and he doesn't spend too much time preaching here. What does hurt the movie are the leads who aren't the best people Griffith had available and there's even more proof as Mack Sennett, Mary Pickford, Dorothy West and Blanche Sweet also have minor roles here.

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