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Dream Street (1921)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 12 April 1921 (USA)
Three men in London compete for the love of a dance-hall girl.

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writers:

Thomas Burke (short story collection "Limehouse Nights"), D.W. Griffith (as Roy Sinclair)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Carol Dempster ... Gypsy Fair
Ralph Graves ... James 'Spike' McFadden
Charles Emmett Mack ... Billy McFadden
Edward Peil Sr. ... Swan Way
Tyrone Power Sr. ... Street Preacher (as Tyrone Power)
William J. Ferguson William J. Ferguson ... Gypsy's Father
Porter Strong Porter Strong ... Samuel Jones
George Neville George Neville ... Tom Chudder
Charles Slattery Charles Slattery ... Police Inspector
Morgan Wallace ... Masked Violinist
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Three men in London compete for the love of a dance-hall girl.

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A Dramatic Comedy (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

12 April 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gaden ved Floden See more »

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Phono-Kinema (Kellum Phono-Kinema)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In an early experiment with sound, director D.W. Griffith filmed a brief introductory prologue where he was seen (and heard) speaking directly to the audience about the film they were about to see. This introduction still exists, but is missing from most versions of the film. See more »

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Dreaming of Carol Dempster
8 March 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Carol Dempster (as Gypsy Fair) is a dancer, trying to support her elderly father in a seedy Limehouse-type district. The "King" of the streets is Ralph Graves (as James "Spike" McFadden); he has conquered males with his fists, and females with his voice (he's a singer). Charles Mack (as Billie McFadden) is his devoted little brother, an aspiring songwriter. The film's other denizens include Tyrone Power (Sr.) as "The Minister of Good Words" and Morgan Wallace as "The Evil Influence". Porter Strong (as Samuel Jones) and Edward Peil (as Sway Wan) reprise their obligatory "Blackface" and "Yellowface" roles.

Director D.W. Griffith mixes unsavory with the "love triangle" formed by his three leading players. If "Dream Street" had featured the creative input of G.W. Bitzer, Robert Harron, and/or Lillian Gish, the results might have looked better. Mr. Griffith's ominous spoken-word introduction is unfulfilled; while it has its moments, and Mr. Mack is good, "Dream Street" is a relative failure. Seek out superior Griffith directed films from 1918-20, usually starring Gish and Harron, for more dreamy films.

*** Dream Street (4/12/21) D.W. Griffith ~ Carol Dempster, Ralph Graves, Charles Emmett Mack


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