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Enoch Arden: Part II (1911)

Annie remains faithful to her husband, Enoch, even though he's been lost at sea for many years. Finally her grown children convince her to marry Philip, her former suitor. Enoch is rescued ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Enoch Arden
... Annie Lee
Francis J. Grandon ... Philip Ray
... Teenage Arden Son
... Teenage Arden Daughter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William J. Butler ... In Bar
... Rescuer
... Dead Shipmate
... On Rescue Ship
... Rescuer
Grace Henderson ... Innkeeper
... On Rescue Ship
... Ray's Maid
W.C. Robinson ... Rescuer
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Annie remains faithful to her husband, Enoch, even though he's been lost at sea for many years. Finally her grown children convince her to marry Philip, her former suitor. Enoch is rescued from the deserted isle where he has been stranded, and returns home. He discovers Annie's new life, and decides not to interrupt her happiness. Written by Anonymous

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15 June 1911 (USA)  »

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Good melodrama example of very early silent films
19 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

This silent short film by D.W. Griffith is a fine example of melodrama in the early years of the silver screen. Very few script cards are used, and one must imagine what the discussions were between the players. In the very earliest years of cinema, most films were shorts – ranging from 10 to 20 minutes.

This story was based on a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson. It's a fine example of drama, tragedy, love and self-sacrifice. Hollywood would later revive the plot of this tale and turn it into a wonderful comedy. "My Favorite Wife," in 1940, starred Cary Grant and Irene Dunne (with Dunne receiving top billing). The highly successful film earned three Oscar nominations for RKO; and 20 years later, 20th Century Fox wanted to make another film to star Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin. That fell through and three years later, it came out with "Move Over, Darling," starring Doris Day and James Garner. I was this short, "Enoch Arden II," as a bonus special on my DVD of "Move Over, Darling."

The star of this film, Wilfred Lucas, was typical of many of the actors of the very early years of silent films. Many made more than 300 films, starring in some and having supporting or lesser roles in others. But, since shorts were just that, 10 to 20 minutes, most had only a few actors in the cast. Lucas was in a total of 409 films. In 1911 alone, he made 46 films – all shorts. He broke into film in 1908, at the age of 37. More than 200 of his films were talkies, but his roles after the end of the silent era were almost exclusively uncredited.


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