Vengeance of Hate is the 1924 re-issue title of The End of the Circle (1913). Although it does seem somewhat primitive by 1924 standards, this film directed by Jess Robbins, a former photographer who switched to directing in 1913, is certainly worth watching if only for its surprising story line. The acting from the three principals hero Fred Church, heroine Eleanor Blevina, drunken villain True Boardman is fair enough, but it's Evelyn Selbie as the pro that our hero spurns and Lois Ingraham as the foolish heroine's little girl, who contribute the most telling performances. Despite its short running time, Essanay (one of the leading studios at the time) spent a fair amount of money on the movie including real locations in the nearby Hollywood hills, plus at least one elaborate studio scene with lots of extra players, set in a saloon in which the villain drinks and gambles his money away, effectively filmed if I remember correctly all in the one take. Available on a Fred Church disc with another somewhat unusual western, Stacked Cards (1926), from Grapevine. To my surprise, Fred Church appeared in no less than 271 movies from 1913 through 1936, most of them shorts and many of them westerns. Church was the number one star player in a significant number of these productions, yet until this disc surfaced from Grapevine in 2014, I'd never even heard of him! We live and learn!
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