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Playing Dead (1915)

James thinks his wife is in love with another man, so he fakes his to allow her to be with him.



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James Blagwin
Jeanne Blagwin
Proctor Maddox
Carlton Adams
Isadore Marcil ...


James thinks his wife is in love with another man, so he fakes his to allow her to be with him.

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20 September 1915 (USA)  »

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A Fascinating Oddity
13 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those many films of the era that almost was lost. I could tell because the print that I viewed was unfortunately almost unwatchable. Sidney Drew, who directed and starred in this fascinating domestic drama, was the uncle of John, Lionel, and Ethel Barrymore. He had a long and distinguished career on stage himself, which shows in a very professional and subtle performance in this film. Since he fills the screen with his presence so often, it is his thoughtful and, sometimes literally, multifaceted performance that keeps your attention throughout this rather farfetched and melodramatic scenario. His young wife, who plays his young and restless spouse in the film, wrote the scenario filling it with great gobs of dialogue, but also with some unexpected twists as well as some interesting asides to socialism and feminism. Overall, this was a well worth viewing of a rather rare era in filmmaking with an actor who should be valued to this day, but is often overlooked.

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