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The theme is decidedly unpleasant

Author: deickemeyer from Chicago
14 November 2015

Strong mental food is contained in "Blue Blood," a five-part Selexart picture written by J. Grubb Alexander and Fred Myton, and featuring Howard Hickman. The theme is decidedly unpleasant, and shows the effect of vicious living upon the descendants of the original transgressor. Nothing is glossed over. Little is left to the imagination. A pictorial history is shown of the afflicted man's ancestry. The line came down from a London thief who was sent to Virginia on a convict ship from which he escaped and turned pirate. The episode indicating how he contracted disease shows a drunken revel with a number of lewd women. Briefly, "Blue Blood" is along the same lines as "Damaged Goods," with a number of added spectacular features. The picture is very well produced under the direction of Eliot Howe and was photographed by Carl Widen. Howard Hickman gives a forceful impersonation of Wellington, and is capably supported by George Fisher as Dr. Rand, Mary Mersch as Grace Valient, Nona Thomas as Helen Blakeley, and Ida Lewis as Mrs. Valient. – The Moving Picture World, May 4, 1918

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