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Helen Badgley ...
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The little girl of long ago
David Thompson ...
Drayman (as David H. Thompson)
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11 March 1913 (USA)  »

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Little Nell  »

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Flashback-within-Flashback
6 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

The story in this one-reel short "Just a Shabby Doll" is uninterestingly sappy: daddy tells his daughter how he met and eventually married mommy. The construction of the narrative, however, is somewhat impressive. The story is told in flashback, from the perspective of the father, with scenes of him telling the story to his daughter cut between flashback scenes, with dialogue intertitles of him relating the events connecting the construction. In one scene, there's even a flashback (a superimposed image) within the flashback; the flashback-within-the-flashback is actually a scene we had previously seen. Flashbacks had been used quite a bit in movies by this time, but their extended employment here is, nevertheless, innovative.


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