Esmeralda Foster, an attractive girl, is very much impressed with Duncan Miller, a crafty country swain, who makes love to Esmeralda because of her father's wealth. Ben Holt, who has been ... See full summary »

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Esmeralda Foster
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Louise Lennox - a Novelist
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Esmeralda Foster, an attractive girl, is very much impressed with Duncan Miller, a crafty country swain, who makes love to Esmeralda because of her father's wealth. Ben Holt, who has been adopted by the Fosters, is deeply and sincerely in love with Esmeralda, and his intentions are very much encouraged by Esmeralda's father, who esteems Ben very highly, in fact he has gone so far as to say that he hopes he will marry his daughter. Miss Louise Lennox, a novelist, summering in that section of the country, finds the young people a very interesting study. She readily recognizes Duncan's mercenary desire and Ben's sterling qualities. She becomes better acquainted with them through a little accident to her manuscript. Esmeralda really loves Ben, but she is infatuated by Duncan. She consents to marry the latter and induces Ben to tell her father that he cannot marry her because he does not love her. When Ben tells Mr. Foster, he is furious, and drives him from the house. Miss Lennox meets ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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13 August 1912 (USA)  »

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Rather artificial in its situation
15 January 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Charles L. Gaskill has not scored any triumph in this picture, which is rather artificial in its situation and easily done. V. Ranous, its producer, has chosen very interesting backgrounds for his scenes, which are all outdoors; but hasn't succeeded in throwing the illusion of plausibility over the scenario's shortcomings. It is a rural love story in which an authoress, who seems always conveniently placed, acts as the dia ex machina, disentangling a rather knotty situation. Edith Story plays the girl, Esmeralda, and at times makes the character very human. Helen Gardner, as the authoress, is never human; she has the part that Minerva plays in the very early romantic dramas. Ralph Ince and James Morrison play country lads, but the genius of neither is really fitted for such characters. They are very intelligent, however. Tefft Johnson is better as a farmer than is Rose Tapley, who plays his wife. The story seemed to interest a small audience; but never seemed to get a very strong grip upon it. - The Moving Picture World, August 24, 1912


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