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Oil and Water (1913)

A female dancer marries and discovers she has little in common with her husband.


D.W. Griffith


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Cast overview:
Blanche Sweet ... Mlle. Genova
Henry B. Walthall ... The Idealist
Lionel Barrymore ... The Idealist's Friend
Walter Miller ... John - the Idealist's Brother, a Minister
Lillian Langdon Lillian Langdon ... Mother of the Two Brothers
Clara T. Bracy Clara T. Bracy ... The Nurse
Harry Carey ... Stage Manager / At Dinner


The dancer, as the saying is, was a "good actress on and off." To the idealist she appeared the living goddess of the dance and as such she entered his home. Then came the moment of illusion. The goddess became the actress longing for the life that was past. Oil and water each found its own and what might have been a fatal mistake was rectified by sacrifice. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama







Release Date:

6 February 1913 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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A print of this film survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archives. See more »

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In many ways is a big offering
21 July 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A picture that in many ways is a big offering. There are two reels of it, and it has some popular features; especially so is a beautifully pictured classic dance which is made to symbolize life and its pursuit of happiness. This falls naturally into a modern story, whose author seems to have imagined life itself as a dance, with some of the dancers hearing the music as solemn and some as gay. There is trouble when an actress, whose ear is in tune to the gay music, marries a studious man; she is water and he is oil, and they can't mix. There is a child of the union, which is used to enforce the picture's conclusion. Beautiful photography adds much to the offering. Henry Walthall and Blanche Sweet have the leads, and the latter makes good use of a big chance; she is fine in this role. Many of the girls in the dance have flowing draperies, with bare legs, and their dancing is remarkably graceful. - The Moving Picture World, February 22, 1913

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