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Life is More Than Parties
19 July 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Charles Ogle is a doctor who is preparing for a party with his fiancée, Miriam Nessbitt, when he is called to the bedside of a sick young child in this Edison short that may be seen in a good copy on the Eye Institute site on YouTube.

Edison had developed its own style of silent story-telling. It depended more on the clear acting of the players than title cards to explain what was happening. After 1912, however, the disciplined use of visuals began to decline, and this short film has more titles than it would have had a year earlier -- or, indeed, than it needed. The acting remains clear and clean, although a bit slow (although that may simply indicate that the projection speed needed to be a trifle faster.

Ogle was a well-known actor in the silent era, who retired from the screen during the transition to sound films. He frequently played men of authority, although his best- remembered role is probably that of the Monster in the first screen adaptation of FRANKENSTEIN in 1910.


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