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Dolly Varden (1913)

Dolly, a born coquette, is the daughter of Gabriel Varden, a prosperous locksmith. She scoffs at the devotion of Joe Willets, and flouts and rebuffs him in favor of other less worthy men. ... See full summary »

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Dolly Varden
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Dolly, a born coquette, is the daughter of Gabriel Varden, a prosperous locksmith. She scoffs at the devotion of Joe Willets, and flouts and rebuffs him in favor of other less worthy men. The day after he rescues Dolly from Hugh, a drunken hostler, Joe Willets takes courage and proposes to Dolly. For the benefit of Simon, her father's assistant, Dolly cruelly plays with Joe's feelings, finally refusing him flatly. Broken-hearted, Joe enlists in the royal army and goes to the wars. On his return, five years later, he has gained distinction on account of his heroic conduct and has lost his left arm in the service of his country. The Lord George Gordon riots are in full progress in London. Simon, a power among the rioters, delivers Gabriel Varden over to his companions. They drag the old man to Newgate Prison, to persuade him to make a key to open the gate. Finding him obdurate, their entreaties and promises give place to curses and threats, and finally to blows. Joe Willets, in the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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5 August 1913 (USA)  »

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Barnaby Rudge  »

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A costume comedy of considerable charm
20 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

A story taken from Dickens' "Barnaby Rudge." A costume comedy of considerable charm and artistic nicety. Dolly (Mabel Trunnelle) is loved by Joe Willets (Willie Secor), but she is frivolous and ridicules him, so Joe enlists in the King's army and goes away to the American Revolution, where he loses an arm. Five years later he returns at the time of the "No Popery" riots. The rioters try to force Gabriel Varden (Robert Brower), a locksmith, Dolly's father, to make a key to the prison, but Joe rescues him. Simon, a rejected suitor (Barry O'Moore), meanwhile lures Dolly to the cellar of the Bull's Head Tavern. Joe and Gabriel, with a crew, rescue her, after which she admits she has always loved Joe. The principal virtue of the picture lies in the way it is done. As a story it is not wonderful, but the handling makes it very acceptable. - The Moving Picture World, August 16, 1913


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