Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
Important note: This is not a film review. It is my ambition to add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist and some presumed lost films are still being discovered. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.
Socially prominent but penniless Stephen De Koven ( Walter McGrail ) marries Muriel Chester ( Bessie Barriscale ), a woman whose loveliness he admires but whose money he really desires. Discovering this on her wedding night, Mrs. De Koven, because of her love for her husband and her wounded pride, elects to live her life alone, seeing her husband only when formalities demand. One day while driving home, De Koven sees Tina Pierce ( Bessie Barriscale ), a child of the slums who bears a striking resemblance to his wife. Believing that it is merely his wife's beauty that attracts him, he installs Tina in an apartment and surrounds her with luxury, attempting to replicate his wife, only to discover that he loves Muriel more than her beauty or money. Spurned by Muriel once again, De Koven decides to leave for Europe. Tina, aware of De Koven's love for his wife, attempts to reconcile the pair. When Muriel learns that her husband has not touched a cent of her money but has made himself invaluable to her father's business, all obstacles between them are swept away.
This 1920 silent drama was based from the short story "Life's Twist" by Thomas Edgelow, starring Bessie Barriscale in a dual role. The survival status of Life's Twist (1920) is listed in the American Silent Feature Film Database as; No holdings located in archives. I hope this film survives somewhere.
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