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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Mary
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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 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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22 July 1912 (USA)  »

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Mae Marsh won the starring role after Mary Pickford and Blanche Sweet refused to appear bare-footed before the camera. See more »

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Featured in The Spiral Staircase (1946) See more »

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It brought a large audience completely under its spell
1 January 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This is another typical Biograph picture and a very decided success. It is a study of human life and human impulses and was suggested by Kingsley's sorrowful lyric, "The Sands of Dee." You will remember that the song mourns for a girl, Mary, who went out to call the cattle home across the sands of Dee, and who was drowned. The picture tells, in a series of beautiful scenes, set in a background of the ocean's everlasting waves, a story of over-trustful love and of cruel abandonment. The characters are mostly simple seaside folk in costume of many years ago. The trouble maker is an aristocratic artist. These characters are remarkably well drawn, with no exception; they in their truthfulness add to the picture's convincing atmosphere. The backgrounds also are skillfully used to deepen the feeling of tragedy. But the sincere, strong, acting of the heroine, and her restraint at the picture's deeply emotional moments give it a grip that makes it able to hold. It brought a large audience completely under its spell. It is well photographed. - The Moving Picture World, August 3, 1912


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