An anti-Mormon propaganda film made in England in 1922, this was an adaptation of a novel by a woman named Winifred Graham, written in 1911. It was a popular novel at the time, and the film itself was quite popular, too. The evil Mormon elder, played by Louis Willoughby, is so charming that, with about ten words, he persuades Evelyn Brent to dump her fiancé and join up with him. It's only after Brent marries Willoughby that she realizes she's not his first wife. Worse yet, she's convinced several of her co-workers to join up with the other Mormon missionaries. As with most historical curios, this is, in large part, a bore. It definitely has its laughable moments, though, and Willoughby's scenery chewing is fun. I wish I could have rented this instead of buying it, but the Grapevine DVD, produced in 2006, is very impressive. The main feature looks very good considering its age (only the most famous films from the time are ever going to look close to great, and this was an independently produced propaganda picture from Great Britain), and there are tons of nice extras, including the entire original novel, a cute sketch about Mormons by the Edison company from 1905, and a lot of interviews about the film itself.
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