Review from Moving Picture World August 7, 1915 "Marrying Money." Excellent Comedy Picture is Produced by the World Film Corporation With Clara Kimball Young.
"Marrying Money" may be placed among the best of the recent stage comedies that have found their way into pictures. Director James Young, of the World Film Corporation, had a good story to begin with and he amplified it admirably, bringing in many incidental bits of business that combine the elements of freshness and humor. And to make the most of the incidents arising from the plot of "Marrying Money," he had in Clara Kimball Young one of the few actresses whose gifts are such that she may turn from drama to comedy and score equally in either sphere. A more fortunate combination of story, star and production is seldom met in a feature offering.
The main thread of the play, written by Washington Pezet and Bertram Marburgh, has been followed with sufficient accuracy; but the scenes likely to be best remembered by an audience are due to the ingenuity of Director Young and the expressive acting of Miss Young, who handles subtle comedy with great adroitness. She makes Mildred Niles a young woman of charm and spirit, and what is more unusual in photoplay heroines, blesses her with an obvious sense of humor. Chester Barnett, William W. Jefferson and Winthrop Chamberlain are others in the cast that enters whole-heartedly into the spirit of the comedy action.
It is to the credit of the director that he avoided conventional methods in making his comedy scenes, and evidently aimed to close each reel with something of a climax, such as one expects to find on the stage. Many of the scenes are laid on or in the neighborhood of a beautiful estate that furnishes just the atmosphere needed for a fashionable hotel. It is here that Mildred Niles meets Ted Vandeveer, each believing the other to be wealthy. The story keeps building up a thoroughly humorous situation in which the couple elope, followed by the most antiquated of automobiles. After an expensive honeymoon they discover that their combined resources are insufficient to meet the hotel bill and are unable to leave until Vandeveer receives an unexpected fortune. The closing scene, showing the happy couple in an automobile drawn across a railroad track and blocking a train, is capital.
Tragically this 1915 silent Clara Kimball Young film is now presumed lost.
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