Well, I wasn't in Georgetown to see the premiere, and I'm usually selective about silent features (aside from Lon Chaney, Douglas Fairbanks, the Lost World, Harold Lloyd, and the Our Gang kids, they usually put me to sleep). But I actually found this one to be kind of good.
Basically, its the story of forgotten star Tommy Meighan as a seaman loved by the local kids who is falsely accused of drunkenness during a storm at sea. I would disagree that the film is a temperance lecture. To me, it seems more like a warning of the evils of false accusations and gossip more than anything else.
The story is a lot easier to follow than a lot of silent features and the bond between Meighan and the children is rather pleasant to watch. The ending may disappoint you (and I won't give it here) and I'm not sure about watching it more than twice, but it's a fine way to kill a lazy Sunday afternoon.
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