Broadway Success Picturized in Five Reels by James Young for World Film Program
Reviewed by Hanford C. Judson
The latter half of this picture, "The Deep Purple," is very good. It is all clearly told an many of its characters are ably taken, but the situation is not strictly fresh and until the minister's daughter elopes with the crooked organ salesman, the action seems to be treading along not very interesting paths. But from this point, which takes place in the middle of the third reel, the story begins to hold most effectively The action from there on makes one forget the unconvincing method used in building its starting point.
It is a five-reel offering and was directed by James Young on the Peerless studio. He has a good cast of players at his service. Clara Kimball Young has the part of Doris Moore, the country minister's daughter, who falls in love and elopes with Harry Leland, a "badger" salesman of a band of fraudulent "organ merchants." The girl's father is played by Edward M. Kimball. The chief crook, "Popp Clark," is played by W.J. Ferguson, who puts a touch of comic character drawing in his work that provides good relief. William Lake, the hero and a mining engineer, who comes to New York, is taken by Milton Sills, who is excellent in the role, giving a vigorous and very likable hero. The best acted emotional moment in the whole story comes when "Fresno Kate," in whose house the crooks planned the blackmail game, has found that they have used the innocent girl, who thinks her Harry the epitome of all that's good and noble, to attract Lake to the apartment. "Fresno Kate" is played by Grace Aylesworth, and she has taken a strong fancy to the girl. She refuses to have her used for such a purpose, but the crooks sneaked her out and now she pleads with Lake to let her help in the rescue. Mrs. Lake is played by Mrs. E.M. Kimball and Lake's sister by May Hopkins. De Will Jennings, Walter Craven and many others have good roles.
The play from which the picture was made was a Broadway success of a few seasons back and was written by Paul Armstrong and Wilson Mizer. The backgrounds represent a New Jersey country town and New York City. There are a few scenes of mining and Western atmosphere. The picture closes with a few very artistic glimpses of the heroine and the hero together at the new organ in the little church, two of these suggest famous paintings. The camera work and staging are commendable.
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