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Melodrama or tragedy in its strongest vein
16 January 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Some American producers have been guilty of too much sameness. The cowboy and the Indian have been done to death, yet they bob up again every week. But the "Imp" producers have started out with a variety of theme that is both refreshing and encouraging. Their first may be termed a classic, the second a comedy-drama, while the third, "Destiny," is melodrama or tragedy in its strongest vein. first we see a thief hiding the gold which he had stolen from his fellow miners. Then we are shown the camp of an unlucky miner. He is bidding farewell to his daughter as he starts out to dig for gold, while she gives food to a hungry Indian. The miner discovers the hidden gold and is so overcome that he dies from the shock. Another miner discovers the body and is making away with the gold when he is seen by the friendly Indian, who accuses him of murdering the old man. The Indian is felled and the miner flees with the gold, only to be swallowed up in a quicksand. He is traced and killed by the Indian, who gets the gold and lays it at the feet of the fair daughter of the deceased miner number one. Then the Indian, too, dies, and the story ends with the girl wondering what she will do with all the gold now that all her friends are dead. The story itself is weak and the moral, if there be a moral, is obtuse; but the "Imp" actors have done their best to make it attractive. With the exception of the finding of the gold and the trail of the Indian, the actions, if not the incidents, are convincing. The quicksand effect is cleverly handled and realistic enough and the scenes are well calculated to hold the interest. Photographically, if not otherwise, "Destiny" is an improvement on former "Imp" releases, and will make a strong addition to the Independent program. - The Moving Picture World, November 13, 1909


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