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1 January 1917 (USA)  »

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An absence of professional construction
17 November 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Excellent entertainment can be gathered from the many comedy situations that this five-part production presents. At the same time it displays a frequent and distressing fault noticeable among moving picture plays, an evidence of a slip-shod working out of the theme which impresses the casual observer with a sense of shallowness of plot, and the critic with an aggravating consciousness of an absence of professional construction, or a thorough working out of comic or dramatic possibilities, as the case may be. Also the subtitles are often too obvious in their intention of comic suggestion to be effective, and, in fact, often retard rather than accelerate the natural comedy of the situation in the present instance. Richard Bennett and Rhea Mitchell are both pleasing in their interpretation of their respective roles; the former that of an eccentric youth who in spite of evident stupidity fell in with millions through speculation; and the latter that of a humble little servant in a boarding house and sweetheart of the "gilded youth." According to the story, a youth is sent by his uncle to the city to try and make good, and, incidentally, to make preparations to marry his uncle's ward, for whom he cherished no love. He falls in love with the little serving girl, starts a bank account, and after going unshaven and illy kept while his bank account grows, he suddenly gets the notion of "dolling up," and finally works himself into the speculating business referred to. This is the sum and substance of the plot, with the exception of a few side issues in connection with the love interest, a good comedy foundation if worked professionally. – The Moving Picture World, January 27, 1917


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