Two lovers in a small town in Maryland are torn apart by the Civil War--she is loyal to the south while he heads north to join the federal army, determined to protect the Union. Eventually ... See full summary »
Two lovers in a small town in Maryland are torn apart by the Civil War--she is loyal to the south while he heads north to join the federal army, determined to protect the Union. Eventually his unit arrives in his hometown and he is reunited with his lover, but things aren't the way they used to be. Written by
This score of 4 reflects not only the film but the DVD copy of this film from Televista. Televista specializes in obscure little films film (often silents) but does absolutely nothing to restore the films--issuing prints are are frequently blurry and scratchy. However, were it not for this company, you'd never get to see this long-forgotten film--so it's definitely the case of a mixed blessing. Also, like several other Televista films I've seen, the running time and the time listed on IMDb are not even close to being the same--with the film running 102 minutes and not the 85 listed. This print is particularly bad.
This film stars Florence Vidor and Edmund Lowe. Both are Marylanders who are in love and are caught up in the Civil War. Due to her favoring the South and him joining the Union Army, their love is doomed. Later, when he comes back when his army is occupying the town, their animosity is tested--and Barbara decides she WILL now marry him. So far, this plot was pretty good. HOWEVER, boy does the film take a dreadful turn later when it all degenerated into a schmaltzy mess--a very, very, very, very, very unbelievable old fashioned mess. I could get into all the reasons--suffice to say that the film looked dated even when it came out in 1924. And, by the time the film ends, the film becomes the most heavy-handed ultra-jingoistic patriotic mess I've ever seen. I am proud to be an American, but at the end of the film I was practically ready to become a card-carrying communist or member of Al-Qaeda--it was that bad.
Overall, I can't see any logical reason to see this film. The DVD print sucks, the plot is awful and the end is nauseating. 'Nuff said.
By the way, if you really care, the towns in the film are real. Fredericktown is now simply known as Frederick and Hagerstown is the site of the very famous Battle of Antietam during this war. I grew up near the places and was a bit surprised to see them in mentioned in the film.
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