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The Wishing Ring: An Idyll of Old England (1914)

After being expelled from college, Giles runs away from home and meets a young lady who he falls for.

Director:

Maurice Tourneur

Writers:

Owen Davis (play), Maurice Tourneur (scenario)
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Cast overview:
Vivian Martin ... Sally, The Parson's Daughter
Alec B. Francis ... The Earl Of Bateson
Chester Barnett ... The Earl's Son, Giles
Gyp Williams Gyp Williams ... The Orphan
Simeon Wiltsie Simeon Wiltsie ... The Parson
Walter Morton Walter Morton ... Mr. Annesley
Johnny Hines ... A Jolly Boy (as John Hines)
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Sally, a parson's daughter, though in rags and well-ventilated shoes, had artistic instincts and the two vases, though far too rich for her father's church, were flowerless. In her innocence she argued "That man Annesley has an immense rose garden and surely he can spare a few roses for our church," and gathered an armful without the formality of saying, "By your leave, sir." Annesley was annoyed, even to the point of anger, at these mysterious disappearances, and finally, during a quarrel with his gardener, the latter threw his apron in Annesley's face and left. Again, if Giles, the son of the gouty, testy Earl of Bateson, had applied himself more assiduously to his studies instead of making night hideous for the village by his carousals with his boon companions, he would not have been arrested, and expelled from college. On his return home to father, the latter placed him in the hands of a tutor, from whom Giles escaped and arrived at his friend Annesley's rose garden at the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The film was thought to have been lost but a 16mm print of the film was rediscovered by film historian Kevin Brownlow in England. In 2012, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". See more »

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31 July 2004 | by CineanalystSee all my reviews

The story is simple: boy meets girl. It's commendably light, however, and the plot is seemingly fortuitous (not to say unpredictable). Well, it is an idyll. Director Maurice Tourneur displays a film vocabulary to rival D.W. Griffith, at least at this point--before "The Birth of a Nation" and "Intolerance". Medium shots, with occasional close-ups, dominate rather than long shots. He uses intertitles sparingly and adopts iris shots from Billy Bitzer. The dolly shot across a dinner table is great.

Actually, Tourneur was a superior storyteller compared to Griffith in respect to a simple story; this film isn't drenched in melodrama and Victorian sentiments. Additionally, I like how it begins on a stage and ends there. The age of feature-length pictures were born via photographed plays by Italian studios and Pathé film d'art, but, soon, the cinematic films by Tourneur, Griffith, Cecil B. DeMille and others, in addition to The Great War, prevailed over the movement to reduce cinema to a travesty of theatre. Yet, "The Wishing Ring" has its problems, as would other early films; for example, there is still the missing wall during indoor shooting and some obvious staging of actors for the camera's view.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1914 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

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