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The Rainbow (1917)

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Neil Sumner and his wife, Ruth, at the end of six years of married life, find that they are not suited to each other, and separate, the wife taking their small daughter, Cynthia. Dick ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Dorothy Bernard ...
Robert Conness ...
Neil Sumner
Jack Sherrill ...
Dick Harcourt
Eleanor Gist ...
Ruth Sumner
Jean Stuart ...
Marion Adams ...
Baby Cynthia
Jean La Motte ...
Mrs. Palmer
Jack Hopkins ...
H. Conway Wingfield ...


Neil Sumner and his wife, Ruth, at the end of six years of married life, find that they are not suited to each other, and separate, the wife taking their small daughter, Cynthia. Dick Harcourt. Ruth's brother, a ne'er do well, who by the will of their father was the executor of her privately owned estate, squanders it in riotous living, and reaching the end of his resources, after losing quite a large sum of money to Neil Sumner, his brother-in-low, commits suicide. This brings an end to the married life of Ruth and Neil. She blames Neil for Dick's untimely end, and proceeds to get a divorce. Neil tails in with a part of the so-called "fast set" in New York. During this period, Ruth has lived in London with Cynthia. Ruth determines to return to America. When Ruth's brother Dick committed suicide, he left a letter, addressed to the family lawyer, telling him that he had dissipated Ruth's entire fortune. The lawyer, who is a friend of Neil's tells him of this circumstance, and asks him ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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4 January 1917 (USA)  »

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A half-sister to the innocent little maidens
9 November 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The A.E. Thomas drama, "The Rainbow," produced by the William L. Sherrill Feature Corporation, belongs to the "Glad Plays" which are now so much in fashion. Although written some time before the present "best bet" on the American stage, the heroine of "The Rainbow" is a half-sister at least to the Pollyannas and other innocent little maidens whose mission on earth is to make other people happy. In this case, the heroine's name is Cynthia and the two persons she most desires to make glad are her own father and mother. An unfortunate affair separate the couple when Cynthia is a little girl, too young to realize what has happened. She does not see her father again until she is about seventeen; and he soon understands how much happiness his daughter might have brought into his life. The girl, who loves both parents equally well, succeeds in bringing them together again. "The Rainbow" enjoyed considerable success as originally written, with Ruth Chatterton and Henry Miller in the leading parts. It has been made into a screen play of many entertaining qualities, and should appeal to the same clientele that supported it on the regular stage. A greater breadth of treatment of some of the scenes would add to the play's effectiveness, but, on the whole, the scenario writer has done his work capably, and Ralph Dean, who directed the production, deserves the same verdict. Dorothy Bernard is an engaging picture of young girlhood and acts with feeling and skill. Robert Conness is cast for the character of Neil Sumner and lends it just the amount of mind and heart intended by the author. Jack Sherrill as the young scapegrace who kills himself early in the story, is also among the elect, and awards of merit are due Jean Stuart, Eleanor Gist, Jack Hopkins, and Conway Wingfield. – The Moving Picture World, January 20, 1917

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