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The Message of the Violin (1910)

A girl's family suddenly becomes rich and rejects her long-time sweetheart.

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Charles West ...
Carl
Clara T. Bracy ...
George's Mother
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George's Father
Stephanie Longfellow ...
The Woman
Grace Henderson ...
The Woman's Mother
Verner Clarges ...
The Woman's Father
Dell Henderson ...
The Baron
Lily Cahill ...
The Other Woman
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At Reception
Dorothy Bernard
Kate Bruce ...
In Hallway
William J. Butler ...
The Music Teacher
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At Reception
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Francis J. Grandon ...
The Doctor
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Events such as might happen in the life of almost any couple in America
22 September 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

More than once have the tones of the violin told over again the tale of love and reunited hearts which had been separated for one reason or another. The love story here is more of the type one meets with in the ordinary workaday world than many that have been reproduced and for that reason it may arouse a stronger feeling of sympathy with the audience. It deals with two typical young people of the East Side who were thrown much together in early life. Then comes the separation, not because a parent violently objects, they don't often do that excepting in highly romantic novels, but because business seems to make it advisable. However, even though the girl is made suddenly wealthy, the young man is given an opportunity to prove what is in him. This touch is particularly modern. That is exactly what the father of almost any girl would do, and as this one follows the course that would generally be adopted in real life, it makes the picture all the more interesting. The denouement, when the rendering of an old melody by the violinist at a reception shatters the prospects of a baron, is the only really romantic situation in the piece; and perhaps that could be true. It is, however, the only point where the drama has departed from the ordinary run of daily life, and it adds a touch which shows how close the run of ordinary living is to the homely life of every day. Something about this drama appeals to the common sense of the average person. It depicts a series of events such as might happen in the life of almost any couple in America. The girl's sudden elevation to wealth has happened over and over again. Most Americans can almost duplicate this among their acquaintances. The young man's success in music. You can see something similar around you daily. These two points seem to emphasize the purely American quality of the drama. - The Moving Picture World, November 5, 1910


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