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The Sands of Dee (1912)

 |  Romance, Short  |  22 July 1912 (USA)
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A young girl who lives by the sea with her parents, is the object of one fellows affection. One day she meets a wily artist painting on the beach, he seduces the young girl and gives her a ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Charles Hill Mailes ...
Mary's Father
Grace Henderson ...
Mary's Mother
Kate Toncray ...
Bobby's Mother
Edwin August ...
The Artist
The Artist's Fiancée
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Spottiswoode Aitken
Wilfred Lucas
W. Chrystie Miller ...
A Fisherman
Frank Opperman ...
A Fisherman
Vivian Prescott


A young girl who lives by the sea with her parents, is the object of one fellows affection. One day she meets a wily artist painting on the beach, he seduces the young girl and gives her a ring, with the promise of marriage. When the young admiring fellow comes to propose, she proudly announces her engagement to the artist. Shocked he leaves and her parents demand meeting her husband to be. She goes to bring him home, and finds he already has a sophisticated fiancée. Distraught she hurries home, and when her father realizes what she has done, he orders her out of the house. As she wanders despondent along the sea, the young fellow who has found out about her betrayal,immediately goes to see her. Finding she has been disowned by her father, he goes looking for her and sees her body floating in the sea. He now carries her lifeless body back onto the shore, to her heartbroken parents. Written by Pamela Short

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Robert Harron's performance from "The Sands of Dee" is showcased in Dore Schary's 1945 box office hit "The Spiral Staircase", starring Dorothy McGuire. In the film's opening, Ms. McGuire is at a nickelodeon, thrilled by Mr. Harron's desperate search for his lost love; meanwhile, a serial murderer is claiming Myra Dell. It appears as if a superior print of D.W. Griffith's "The Sands of Dee" was used in the Dore Schary-produced film; so, where is it?

Before the events projected in "The Spiral Staircase", Harron (as Bobby) is rejected by leading lady Mae Marsh (as Mary). Ms. Marsh forsakes Harron's boyish charms for sophisticated painter Edwin August, after Mr. August flatters her, and steals a kiss. Harron wanders sadly along the beach, and slumps over some rocks. Marsh is happy with her new love, but finds the fickle finger of fate pointing her toward tragedy…

Director Griffith and photographer G.W. Bitzer create beautiful seaside location images. Marsh and Harron perform expertly together; and, audiences longed to see them reunited. Charles Hill Mailes and Grace Henderson are notable, among the always dependable Griffith stable of supporting players. The poetic on-screen story is a believable adaptation of Charles Kingsley's original, simpler poem.

******** The Sands of Dee (7/22/12) D.W. Griffith ~ Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Edwin August

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