With all that poetic charm of which Whittier was absolute master, he pictures to us a midsummer day's casual meeting between Maud Muller, a simple country lass, and the Judge, refined, ... See full summary »

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Maud Muller
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The Judge
Frank Weed ...
Mr. Desmond
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Frank Graughn
Miles McCarthy
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With all that poetic charm of which Whittier was absolute master, he pictures to us a midsummer day's casual meeting between Maud Muller, a simple country lass, and the Judge, refined, dignified, and born to the purple. The Judge tarries a moment by Maud's hay field to quaff a cup of spring water. Perchance he lingers a little longer than necessary; at any rate, as they separate each becomes conscious of a pitiful longing that has lodged in their hearts. The years roll on; Maud marries a man unlearned and poor. The Judge weds a woman of his own caste, who lives for fashion, while he lives for power, and still, in the heart of both the Judge and the country lass there lingers that aching void, that pitiful yearning that will never realize satisfaction, and many a time and oft into the mind of each comes this thought, "And of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: 'It might have been.'" Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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5 October 1911 (USA)  »

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The acting is somewhat stilted and unnatural
26 April 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

These pictures setting forth the story of the well-known ballad are made more effective by a pale buff tint, giving an unreal, poetic atmosphere. The scenes are skillfully arranged and arc for the most part full of merit, although the acting is somewhat stilted and unnatural. The entrance to the church in which the young judge married the rich bride was much too modern for a picture of Maud Muller's story. The picture is true enough and good enough to be more than merely acceptable, but to say that it is an adequate representation of Whittier's poem would hardly be true. - The Moving Picture World, October 21, 1911


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