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Alixe; or, The Test of Friendship (1913)

Alixe is courted by many admirers. Her most persistent companion is Morton Shaw. Arlington Tappan also loves Alixe, and urges her to give up her associations with Shaw. She does so and is ... See full summary »

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Hazel Neason
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Alixe is courted by many admirers. Her most persistent companion is Morton Shaw. Arlington Tappan also loves Alixe, and urges her to give up her associations with Shaw. She does so and is very happy until Arlington becomes more absorbed in his business affairs. Arlington's friend, Sherman Avery, holds a high regard and deep affection for Alixe, as well as a sincere friendship for Arlington. She becomes tired of Arlington's indifference and decides to leave him and go back to Morton Shaw. Sherman determines to prevent it and follows her, denounces Shaw and advises Alixe not to compromise herself. Finding his office of no avail, he tells Arlington, who has already learned of Alixe's intentions, and hastily he goes with his friend to plead with her to return to him. Arlington encounters Morton Shaw, who attempts to shoot him. He wrenches the pistol from Shaw's hand, and leads Alixe away, accompanied by their friend. They hastily find a minister, who joins Alixe and Arlington in the bonds... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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2 April 1913 (USA)  »

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Miss Gardner makes one of her big characterizations
27 August 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Eugene Mullin, the author of this picture, has given, as a secondary title, "Or the Test of Friendship," but the eye of the spectator never leaves the story's center of interest, the woman. The plot is skillfully planned to keep it there, and there it would have been, even though Helen Gardner had not been cast in the leading role. The friend is played for the sake of the impression as a whole by Earle Williams and so on account of his artistic virtue will not be noticed. In her role, Miss Gardner makes one of her big characterizations. What art she has! She holds back, like a skillful runner, till the end, where an emotional breakdown was needed, and walks from the scene, the very picture of rebellion comforted by love and breaking into tears. But this would be little if it were all. Her intellect plainly sees much between the lines of the scenario and she coldly goes about expressing it, as one who aims at a target. When the picture was made, she didn't always succeed in hiding her method and, instead of seeming cool, seemed cold at times, once in a while, even mechanical. Harry Morey and Harry Northrup have roles. The picture was produced by W.V. Ranous. The photography is flat, but clear enough. It makes a very desirable offering. - The Moving Picture World, April 19, 1913


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