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Through Darkened Vales (1911)

Hard-working Dave loves Grace, but she rejects him for a flashier suitor. Grace is blinded in an accident, and her suitor abandons her. Meanwhile, Dave also goes blind from eye strain ... See full summary »


D.W. Griffith


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Credited cast:
Blanche Sweet ... Grace
Grace Henderson Grace Henderson ... Grace's Mother
Charles West Charles West ... Dave
Joseph Graybill ... Howard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edwin August
William Bechtel ... Office Technician
Kate Bruce ... Cleaning Woman
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... Second Doctor
Christy Cabanne Christy Cabanne ... In Oculist's Office (as W. Christy Cabanne)
Dell Henderson ... First Doctor
Harry Hyde Harry Hyde ... In Oculist's Office
J. Jiquel Lanoe J. Jiquel Lanoe ... Among Party Guests / Office Worker
Adolph Lestina Adolph Lestina ... Oculist's Assistant
Fred Mace ... Dave's Employer
Charles Hill Mailes ... Oculist


Hard-working Dave loves Grace, but she rejects him for a flashier suitor. Grace is blinded in an accident, and her suitor abandons her. Meanwhile, Dave also goes blind from eye strain caused by overwork. Dave learns of Grace's misfortune and gives a doctor the money he was saving for his own operation, so her sight can be restored. Written by Anonymous

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menage a trois | melodrama | See All (2) »


Drama | Short







Release Date:

16 November 1911 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Referenced in Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008) See more »

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Decent Film from Griffith
22 January 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Through Darkened Vales (1911)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Overly sentimental drama from Griffith has Dave (Charles West) being rejected by the woman (Blanche Sweet) he loves because she wants the flashier Howard (Joseph Graybill). Soon she suffers blindness due to a baking accident and of course Howard runs off but will Dave still love her? There's actually a subplot with an incident that happens to Dave but I won't spoil it for those who may want to watch this film but to be honest I'd have a hard time trying to explain what happened and why. If you're familiar with the work of Griffith then you know his sentimental side can sometimes go overboard and that's pretty much what happens here. This isn't the worst film Griffith ever made but it's certainly no where near the best of his work. At just over 9-minutes this is a pleasant film that has a few good touches but in the end it's certainly just for those who must see everything the director did. The performances for the most part are quite good with Sweet doing a good job in her role, although I'll admit at times she overdid it with the bug eyes of being blind. West turns in a winning performance before and after his incident and clearly steals the film. Graybill really doesn't add too much nor does Grace Henderson as the mother.

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