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The villain is satisfactorily foiled

Author: deickemeyer from Chicago
14 March 2015

A pretty story, containing much of suggestion and much of real life. Probably many have had dreams, have longed for something they couldn't explain, something that would take them out of this life and into some other, or so change this life that it would be like another. It isn't always possible to explain these longings, common to all mankind. The Biograph Company has expressed them strongly in this picture, pointing out in an unusually graphic manner the human tendency in the young orphan girl's heart. Next follows the love story, beautiful and romantic, and the interposition of the picturesque Western touch. The villain is satisfactorily foiled, however, and the lonely girl strolls away with her new husband, the previous unexplained longings satisfied. The scenery, representing the San Gabriel valley, is beautiful, while acting and photography are both of a high standard. A very satisfactory number, which shows that the Biograph Company have got down to business in their new sphere. - The Moving Picture World, March 19, 1910

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The 35 Year Old D.W. Griffith

Author: Single-Black-Male from London, England
31 October 2003

This was the first picture that was begun and completed out west. The old Spanish San Gabriel Mission served as a location for this film, and added a romantic touch to the story. Because the church was dim, Griffith had to use his backlighting practice.

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