Childhood sweethearts Mary (Mary Pickford) and Bill (Henry B. Walthall) are about to be married when a stranger washes up (Edward Dillon) and soon Mary falls for him. This doesn't sit well with Bill considering he's the one who saved the man's life and when the stranger learns of this he decides to do something drastic. It's not often you can blame Pickford for anything but I believe she's the main problem here as her performance is pretty much all over the place. You might also be able to blame Griffith here because her character goes from loving Bill to pretty much jumping on the stranger as soon as she sees him. This really doesn't work with the drama and Pickford's performance is so child-like that you can't ever really take it serious. Walthall clearly steals the film as the hurt boyfriend and Dillon isn't too bad either. One of the best moments in the film happens early on as we see Mary and Bill as kids and the way Griffith cuts this to the current times was nicely done. The film once again deals with morals, a strong point for the director and for the most part he handles the material nicely but Pickford's character certainly needed a few touch ups.
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