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The Devil's Needle (1916)

Wynne Mortimer, a pampered society girl and daughter of William Mortimer, a prominent business man, chances to meet David White, a young artist whose fame is already assured, at an art ... See full summary »

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Wynne Mortimer, a pampered society girl and daughter of William Mortimer, a prominent business man, chances to meet David White, a young artist whose fame is already assured, at an art exhibit. Despite the fact that she is engaged to marry Hugh Gordon, the junior partner of her father, she falls in love with the artist. He invites the girl and her father to visit his studio and the invitation is accepted. Renee, a model, has been in love with David White for years and he has seemingly reciprocated her love. When Wynne Mortimer appears on the scene, however, he forgets all thoughts of love for Renee. The model is quick to realize the change in her lover. Secretly, she has been a user of cocaine. To forget the heartache the growing attachment between her lover and Wynne causes her, she turns to the cocaine. Wynne, led on by her interest in the artist and his insistence that she is the only one who can justly typify the spirit of a new picture at which he is at work, goes to the studio ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Early warning of drug addiction
17 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

Only a fragment is available on DVD - 9 minutes worth of a badly decomposing reel. This features Norma as the wife of an artist, who when frustrated, resorts to heroin to calm her nerves. She recommends it for her uptight husband, played by Tully Marshall. Soon he is addicted, hallucinating and forcing himself upon her with the needle to induce a mutual experience (she protests as it is only a recreational drug for her). He runs off in a state of madness.

A complete print exists at the Library of Congress - 35 mm - 5 reels. Original running time is 59 minutes.

More information about this and all films of Norma Talmadge, both extant and lost, can be found online at Stanford University's Greta DeGroat web site, devoted to Norma.


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