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James Kirkwood
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
The Friendly Policeman (as Tony O'Sullivan)
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11 February 1911 (USA)  »

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Directness in the story and clarity in the acting
20 November 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A story of the police, with all the oft-repeated and (when acted) dramatic scenes connected with the receipt of hush money from disorderly houses. There is an episode of breaking an officer and sending him home disgraced. It affords Miss Marion Leonard, in the character of an unfortunate girl, whom the policeman's wife befriended and took her home when arrested, an opportunity to do some clever acting, even for her. In a series of dramatic scenes she succeeds in obtaining the evidence which exposes a politician and his policeman tool, but is shot herself in the melee and dies soon after being carried home, while the chief of police comes and restores the badge to the disgraced officer. All this is admirably worked out, with a directness in the story and clarity in the acting which leave nothing to be desired. The photography suffers in some scenes, though not enough to seriously impair the picture. Probably the exigencies of dramatic art require the death of the heroine of this play, but it would please the audience much better if the requirements were set aside temporarily and the young woman was permitted to live. She might have been wounded and carried home and the fact that she was willing to give her life for those who befriended her, would be plainly apparent without the necessity of her death. It would complete a circle of happiness which would compensate for any disturbance of artistic necessities if she were allowed to live after risking and accomplishing so much. - The Moving Picture World, February 25, 1911


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