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Sold for Marriage (1916)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 16 April 1916 (USA)
A poor Russian girl's beauty leads her unscrupulous uncle to bring her to the United States. There he is going to sell her into a marriage with a rich old man she has never met. But her ... See full summary »

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Christy Cabanne (as William Christy Cabanne)

Writer:

William E. Wing (story and scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lillian Gish ... Marfa
Frank Bennett Frank Bennett ... Jan
Walter Long ... Col. Gregioff
Allan Sears Allan Sears ... Ivan (as A.D. Sears)
Pearl Elmore Pearl Elmore ... Anna
Curt Rehfeld Curt Rehfeld ... Dimitri (as Curt Rehfelt)
William Lowery ... George (as William E. Lowery)
Fred Burns Fred Burns ... A Policeman
Mike Siebert Mike Siebert ... The Undesirable Suitor
Frank Brownlee ... Nicholas
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A poor Russian girl's beauty leads her unscrupulous uncle to bring her to the United States. There he is going to sell her into a marriage with a rich old man she has never met. But her lover, an returning immigrant visiting Russia from the U.S., sails on the same ship. When they arrive he learns, to his surprise, that the American police, unlike those of his native country, are not oppressors of the poor, but friends that will aid in securing the release of his beloved Maria. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marfa of Russia See more »

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Production Co:

Fine Arts Film Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A funny Lillian Gish
28 March 2005 | by overseer-3See all my reviews

This 1916 silent by Fine Arts is enjoyable as a vehicle for perky Lillian Gish and her sense of comic skill, a talent that was rarely given the opportunity to shine through in her other, more melodramatic silent features from the same era. As a Russian peasant girl, Lillian constantly hams it up and deadpans for the camera, fighting her unloving, unscrupulous family's efforts to marry her off to unsuitable mates. My favorite moment: when she points in disgust at the richest, but ugliest, suitor in the village and 'says' via title card: "What? You want me to marry this beast?" Hysterical.

Love arrives in the nick of time by the way of an American suitor, and the family ends up emigrating to the States. However the aunt and uncle still plan on selling Lillian to the highest bidder, and she has to fight to find her true love again.

I enjoyed the film quite a bit, even though it was archaic, so much so that I improved it digitally and tinted it and added a new score for my own DVD version. It's improved 100% over the previous version floating around out there.


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