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A Woman in Grey (1920)

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Credited cast:
Arline Pretty ... Ruth Hope - The Woman in Grey
Henry G. Sell ... Tom Thurston - Amory's Attorney
Fred C. Jones Fred C. Jones ... J. Havilland Hunter - A Man of Mystery
John Heenan John Heenan ... Wilfred Amory - Retired Attorney
Margaret Fielding Margaret Fielding ... Paula Dunne - Amory's Niece
Ann Brody ... Miss Traill - Companion to Ruth Hope
Jane Mair Jane Mair ... Grace Carleton
Jack Newton Jack Newton ... Ralph Gordon
J.W. Driscoll J.W. Driscoll ... Dr. Lepell
Jack Manning Jack Manning ... Gangster
Walter Chapin Walter Chapin ... Gangster
Violet De Biccari ... (as Violet De Bicari)
Adelaide Fitz-Allen Adelaide Fitz-Allen ... (as Adelaide Fitzgallen)
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The studio Serico occupied had been the home of the then recently bankrupt United States Moving Picture Company. See more »

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Beautifully directed and photographed action melodrama
12 July 2002 | by R. B.See all my reviews

This fifteen-part serial, "the last of the adult serials", is a beautifully photographed and edited action melodrama, with surprisingly good acting in all roles. Produced in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., it has crisp editing, fast action, and carefully lit and composed interiors. The lush pictorialist exteriors are also handled with great care. The film seems very much influenced by D.W.Griffith's Biograph melodramas, incorporating Griffith's editing techniques, and Billy Bitzer's lovely composition of individual shots.

The producers of the film seemed to have entre to the homes of some of the wealthiest people in the community, and the production values are so high I can't believe the people responsible for the film were inexperienced locals. In a fifteen-part serial of this great complexity, one would expect some loss of focus, but the director and the photographer/title-maker seem always to be absolutely in control, and experimental lighting and camera angles occur throughout the film. The extraordinary rhythmic momentum of the film is never lost despite the films complex plot turns.

Highly recommended, even though the Grapevine Video VHS tape is a generation or two away from the best quality, and is therefore of high contrast, with considerable loss of "highs". Still, a startlingly good bit of film-making to see.


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USA

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Release Date:

22 January 1920 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

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Runtime:

(15 chapters)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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