Pedro is a violin maker. One day while his talented ward, Marguerita, is playing on a new violin that Pedro has made, Maurice Puello, director of a theater, comes in with a violin of his ... See full summary »

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Pedro - the Violin Maker
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Pedro is a violin maker. One day while his talented ward, Marguerita, is playing on a new violin that Pedro has made, Maurice Puello, director of a theater, comes in with a violin of his own to have repaired. He hears the girl play and is enraptured. He persuades her to come to his theatre and give a rehearsal. She is shy at first, but Pedro, too, urges her to accept, and she agrees. Her first appearance is a great success, and Pedro in the audience, wildly applauds her. Pedro decides to make a special violin for her and lavishes his love and experience in the work of art for his sweetheart. At last the work is completed and he goes to the theater to give it to her. Waiting at the stage door, he sees Marguerita and Maurice come out arm in arm. He is overcome with jealousy and disguises himself as a blind beggar in order to watch the girl. One night as he is playing, Maurice and Marguerita come by and are attracted by the music. The girl immediately falls in love with the violin and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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9 July 1915 (USA)  »

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The Violin Maker (1915) - Lost Silent Film
18 February 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Violin maker Pedro ( Lon Chaney ) is very much in love with talented Marguerita ( Gretchen Lederer ), and one day Maurice Puello ( William Quinn ) hears the girl playing her violin and persuades her to give a recital at his theatre. She is a huge success and Pedro decides to make a special violin for her and it turns out to be the finest instrument he has ever made. While he waits at the stage door to present Marguerita with the precious gift, he sees her arm and arm with Maurice. Pedro becomes crazed with jealousy and disguises himself as a blind beggar in order to spy on the girl. One night while he is playing the violin disguised as a beggar, Maurice and Marguerita hear the exquisite music coming from the beautiful violin. Marguerita offers to buy the violin, but Pedro tells her that he made it for his sweetheart and refuses to sell it. She notices the inscription on the back "to my Marguerita," in anger, Pedro discloses his identity and smashes the violin. One night Pedro wanders into a café where Marguerita is performing, he asks a waiter to give her a coin requesting another tune. When the waiter points Pedro out to her as the requester, Marguerita performs a beautiful melody, then goes to Pedro asking for his forgiveness. Still hurt, he starts to leave, but notices that she has repaired the broken violin he had made for her. He is moved by the girl's devotion to him and the two are happily reunited.

This early touching drama was directed by Lon Chaney for the Victor Film Company and he received good reviews for his performance. Sadly this silent film is now presumed lost.

"A strong character portrayal is here rendered by Lon Chaney in the role of an Italian violin maker. The story is original in many ways, and pleases all the time by its strong heart- interest action." ---Motion Picture News


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