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On a business trip to London, happily married Harry Morey (as Bradley)
meets alluring Alice Joyce (as Mercedes), the wife of a Spanish
ambassador. After discovering Ms. Joyce is being abused (he whips her
with a riding crop) by her husband, Mr. Morey decides to take her to
America. Believing three's a crowd, and not wanting to break-up a
marriage, Joyce runs away to join a convent. Morey's wife leaves for
France, with the children. Now, poor Morey is stuck with neither mate.
Eventually, fate brings the two women together
This lost film was
considered one of the top productions of its day.
Reviews ranged from above average to spectacular. "The New York Times" called it "a photoplay a little above the average when one has overlooked the predominance of coincidence" (29 January 1917). The "Variety" reviewer said, "The story is a little slow in starting, but once underway holds the sustained interest of the audience. The lightings throughout are particularly good and the cast was well selected" (2 February 1917). "The New York Dramatic Mirror" called it, "Unusually powerful because of its intense human interest and owing to the fact that it is acted and directed with more than ordinary skill" (10 February 1917).
In "Moving Picture World" (17 February 1917) Edward Weitzel wrote, "The cast is proficient. Alice Joyce satisfies the eye in the character of the Spanish woman, and although somewhat restrained in her expression of feeling, succeeds in winning sympathy for her belief in her better nature. Harry Morey's personality stands him in good stead as the American. Bradley is a cad at heart, but actor makes one almost forget the fact. Anders Randolf is an imposing figure as the Ambassador, and Robert Gaillard is equal to the requirements of Hammond. Cleo Ayers makes an attractive wife for Bradley."
"Photoplay" (May 1917) called the Vitagraph production, "One of the best plays to come from Brooklyn in months. It is by Milton Nobles, directed by W.P.S. Earle, and it approximates life. It contains neither heroine nor hero, villain nor vamp. It is magnificently acted by Miss Joyce, Harry Morey and Anders Randolf, according to reviewer Julian Johnson, "No woman on the screen looks more like a Spanish lady than Alice Joyce. Her suave, reposeful beauty appears to grow more effective each season. It is a joy to see such men as Morey, who plays Bradley, the truant husband; and Anders Randolph, the Spanish Ambassador."
****** The Courage of Silence (1/28/17) William P.S. Earle ~ Alice Joyce, Harry T. Morey, Anders Randolf, Robert Gaillard
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