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30 March 1914 (USA) See more »
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A wealthy resident attempts to dispossess squatters who live near his home, which leads to a false accusation of murder. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Mary Pickford ... Tessibel Skinner

Harold Lockwood ... Frederick Graves
Olive Carey ... Teola Graves (as Olive Golden)

David Hartford ... Daddy Skinner
Louise Dunlap ... Old Mother Moll
William Walters ... Elias Graves (as W.R. Walters)

Richard Garrick ... Ben Letts
Eugene Walter ... Ezra Longman
Jack Henry ... Dan Jordan
H.R. Macy ... DeForrest Young, Attorney at Law
H.L. Griffith ... Old Longman

Directed by
Edwin S. Porter 
 
Writing credits
Grace Miller White (novel)

B.P. Schulberg 

Produced by
Adolph Zukor .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Edwin S. Porter 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Hartford .... assistant director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charlotte Smith .... costumer (uncredited)
 
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Daniel Frohman .... presenter
 

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The role she was born to play - twice, 16 September 2008
Author: jppu from usa

The print I have of this movie has no musical score. So I just found an internet music station that plays only piano and harps and it worked well enough. I do wish the Pickford foundation would get their hands on a copy and do this version justice with orchestrations and a cleaner print than I have, which is actually pretty good considering it's almost 100 years old, and release it along side the superior 1922 version. Although it certainly is not as good as the remake, it has a lot of merit in its own right.

Firstly, we have to remember that Griffith was in the planning stages of filming Birth of a Nation. Edwin S. Porter is no Griffith and he basically treated the film as if he were filming a stage play but on location. Tess would have been the perfect vehicle for Griffith to experiment with film and editing techniques. Griffith is a wonderful storyteller of the greatest warmth and emotion (True Heart Susie, Broken Blossoms) and Tess would have been a great story for him to tell in his own unique style. Of course, if Griffith has filmed Tess in 1914-5, we wouldn't have Beaudiline's (sp?) flawless 1922 version. Porter's direction leaves one cold.

What Porter does do well is film on location. He's at his best outdoors and not working with actors. His style is almost docudrama and that approach may work for some stories. For this one, especially compared to Beaudiline's emotionally charged version, it was an unfortunate director's choice especially compared to Mary's over the top performance. She is having the best of times chewing the scenery and is works brilliantly for Tess.

This version of the film is all Mary from the first to last frame. She was talented enough to realize that she was not working with Griffith or DeMille as a director. Therefore she over compensates and leaves her competent but not great co-stars in the dust as well as Porter himself. But it's the little things she does as an actress that makes her extraordinary. The way she plays her father's homecoming by inching up his arms was a great choice and gives a really nice touch. Who can play white trash with more fervor, innocence and passion than Mary Pickford. Even in her lesser films, she awesome to watch.

If you are casual silent movie or Mary Pickford fan, then this film probably is not for you. But if you believe in the artistry of either Mary Pickford or silent films, then go for this one!

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