Mary is the daughter of a well-to-do boarding-house keeper. Jim is a young man in fairly good circumstances. Lillian DeVere is a star playing a one-night stand town in which Mary's mother ... See full summary »

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Mary is the daughter of a well-to-do boarding-house keeper. Jim is a young man in fairly good circumstances. Lillian DeVere is a star playing a one-night stand town in which Mary's mother keeps the boarding-house. The parents are old friends of Lillian's and Mabel and John are her former pals and acquaintances. Jim and Mary are betrothed, he puts a ring on her finger. Lillian arrives at the boarding-house and asks for board, meets Jim, sees that there is no room at the table. Jim offers her his seat. Lillian being intensely interesting and fascinating, interests Jim, much to Mary's disgust. In the course of time Jim marries Lillian DeVere. Mary, alone in her bedroom, broken-hearted looks out of her window and watches the marriage ceremony between Jim and Lillian in the house next door, which he has rented as his future home. In the course of five years Lillian becomes tired of her domestic duties; a little child of four years annoys her so much she longs for the bright lights and the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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14 February 1912 (USA)  »

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2 August 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Ormi Hawley has just been engaged to marry John Halliday, but when a fascinating actress comes to the boarding house, Halliday throws Ormi over. Five years later, the actress is a bad mother, addicted to smoking and wearing enormous hats. When she goes joy-riding with other actors, she is killed and Ormi and John get back together.

The time for such unadorned nickelodeon melodrama had passed, but Lubin's studio was the most conservative of the Patents Trust companies. Still, all the technical issues are well in place. The acting is restrained and the compositions are excellent. Nor were the actors less than first rate. Halliday's career would extend engagingly into the 1930s.

I saw this movie on Youtube and if you go looking for it, be warned: the print is in poor shape and is shown at far too slow a speed. Still, it is a chance to see one of the now very rare efforts from the Lubin studio.


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