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Marcia Grey is wrongly convicted on trumped-up evidence of a German. After serving her term, she rebuilds her life and marries well. The German then attempts to blackmail her into helping the German cause during WWI. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Memories Play Tricks
15 June 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Gloria Swanson (as Marcia Grey) is a struggling artist who paints due more to "youthful unrest than from the call of talent." Not surprisingly, she is unable to make ends meet. When landlord Harvey Clark (as Von Holt or Henry Holt) comes for the rent, Ms. Swanson pleads for a few more days. Mr. Clark makes an alternative offer; he wants sex for rent, but Swanson refuses. During a struggle, Clark drops his wallet. Later, Clark returns with the police, and frames Swanson.

Years later, Swanson has happily married wealthy Joe King (as John Stanford), who has secretly loved her since her tenement dwelling days. Then, Clark returns in a different guise, and threatens to reveal Swanson's notorious past. Swanson, in her "Triangle" period, shows the star quality which would make her one of the biggest stars of the 1920s; she is definitely ready for director Cecil B. DeMille.

"Shifting Sands" has, over the years, been on some shifting sands of its own. It was reissued as Swanson's star took off, but with new intertitles. A change from flashback framing to linear storytelling makes sense, given the photoplay available. Swanson's character was sent to jail for prostitution, rather than theft, originally. This would make the blackmail attempt more believable, albeit spoiled by the ending. Harvey Clark's roles are unclear. Probably improved upon, but confusing in any case.

**** Shifting Sands (8/1/18) Albert Parker ~ Gloria Swanson, Joseph King, Harvey Clark


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