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The Safety Curtain (1918)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  10 July 1918 (USA)
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Puck is a music hall dancer, married to an abusive husband. One night the music hall catches fire. Puck is rescued by an army officer and her husband perishes. Puck marries the officer and ... See full summary »

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Puck is a music hall dancer, married to an abusive husband. One night the music hall catches fire. Puck is rescued by an army officer and her husband perishes. Puck marries the officer and they begin a new life in India, until a man from her past finds her and makes demands. Written by Anonymous

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Norma Talmadge Shines in Gripping Melodrama!
28 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

Way back in my university days, I happily served on the film selection committee for the uni film society. Just about every term, we booked The Covered Wagon, The Lost World and Hands Up! from the local Kodascope Library. Thinking that the Library might have other features to interest our members, the committee took a look at The Moonstone, The Wonderful Chance, The Safety Curtain, Captain January, Flesh and Blood, Are Parents People?, The Pony Express and Ella Cinders.

Needless to say, although we were blown away by the special effects in The Wonderful Chance and loved Colleen Moore's Ella Cinders, the movie that impressed us the most was, unexpectedly, The Safety Curtain, which we booked simply because the title aroused our curiosity. If we had read a synopsis of the story beforehand, we wouldn't have considered it at all, because the plot reads like pure melodrama. But that's not the way it is played or directed. The acting from all four principals is so natural and life-like that the taut story itself seems absolutely true-to-life.

Furthermore, Norma Talmadge radiates an undeniable charisma. And she and the other players are well served by Sidney Franklin's surprisingly inventive and skillful direction, which is further enhanced by entrancingly attractive sepia-tinted photography. A large budget also helps keep interest at the highest level. In all, a masterpiece of movie artistry!


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