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Derwent Hall - the Reporter / Playwright
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Leonard Dare, a producer, finds himself without a player strong enough to enact the part of Philip Dawany, one of the important characters of the cast. His company is temporarily dismissed and he returns home. Derwent Hall calls for an interview with Dare. Hall's wife is sick: the doctor has instructed Hall to give her better food and medical attention. Hall, desperate, takes the opportunity of urging Dare to allow him to read his play. Spellbound, Dare listens to the most absurd line of talk he has ever heard, but is very much surprised by the magnificent acting of the author. Dare writes out a check for the play and while the hungry man looks on, calmly throws the manuscript on the fire. Dare says he will make him the greatest actor living. Hall is cast in the part of PhiIip Dawany. At first Hall is treated with distinct coldness by the audience, but at last cheer after cheer rolls out as the curtain falls. In this moment, his hour of triumph, a message reaches him from home. His ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The Part of a Lifetime
13 July 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

William Welsh can't get an actor for a key role in his current production, so he dismisses the cast. When he goes home, there stands William Shay, a writer with a sick wife, who has a play of his owns that he wants produced. Is Shay's work good enough? and is Shay himself?

George Loane Tucker, the director of this three-reel drama, is best remembered for directing TRAFFIC IN SOULS. This is an experiment in movies of longer length. IT is heavily padded and melodramatically weighted, but there are some fine moments in the acting, like the fight over the burning manuscript. Although this piece has not aged well, it was a fine, rip-roaring meller for 1913 and a good introduction to the stronger meat that the movie audiences of the day craved.

It you wish to take a look at it for yourself, a good copy is available on the Eye Institute site on Youtube.


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