This film contains the first known use of a hidden camera. Scenes of diners and dancers at the Ansonia Hotel in New York without the knowledge of these unpaid extras. According to "The Guinness Book of Movie Facts and Feats" there was no other known use of this technique until Russian filmmaker Dziga Vertov used it in 1924 for his feature length documentary, "Kino-Eye.' See more »
Can be relied upon to hold the interest of an average audience
Art Dramas, Inc. offers as its first release "The Lash of Destiny," a moderately strong five-reel drama, with Gertrude McCoy in the leading role. The picture, which was produced by the Van Dyke Film Corporation, can be relied upon to hold the interest of an average audience throughout the running of the five reels. Although the old idea of the young country girl who is caught up in the whirlpool of the big city is the foundation on which the story was built, enough new material has been used to make the finished product dramatically interesting. There are a number of good situations to be found in the picture. Miss McCoy is equal to the demands of the role of the country girl who gets a position singing in a city cabaret. The role is not entirely a happy one. inasmuch as the girl is responsible, although innocently so, of breaking up a home. Miss McCoy has been surrounded with a capable supporting vast, which includes Duncan McRae, Arthur Housman, Mabel Scott and Helen Green. Mr. McRae is seen as the country youth who makes good in the city. Mr. Housman's work as the heavy is especially good. Miss Scott and Miss Green are competent. Directed by George Terwilliger. - The Moving Picture World, January 6, 1917
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