Dawn and Twilight (1914)

A blind violinist's sight is restored by an operation paid for by a young woman who loves him, but the fickleness of fate strikes them further tragic blows.


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Cast overview:
Francis X. Bushman ... Pietro Delani, a Blind Musician
Ruth Stonehouse ... Mary Waters
Helen Dunbar ... Mrs. Delani - Pietro's Mother
Alice Bliss Alice Bliss ... Edna Ainsworth
Clara Smith Clara Smith ... Mrs. Waters - Mary's Mother
Thomas Commerford Thomas Commerford ... Dr. Burns
Frank Owens Frank Owens ... Butler
John Cossar
Charles Hitchcock Charles Hitchcock


Mary Waters, an American girl, loves Pietro Delani, a blind musician. His uncanny talent is hampered by the loss of his eyesight, and Mrs. Delani, Pietro's mother, is informed by a specialist that an operation is the musician's only hope. Mary sacrifices the little money she has saved and pays for the operation, without the knowledge of Pietro or his mother. Pietro's eyesight is restored to him. His first thought is of Mary, whom he has never seen, and when he gazes upon his beloved's face, he is shocked to find that she is indeed a very plain and simple girl. He is disappointed. Mary realizes that she is not what he thought her to be. A little later we see Pietro, a musical genius, being lionized by society. His rapid strides to success bring about an engagement between himself and Edna Ainsworth, a society butterfly. The penalty of his indiscrimination is blindness, and again Pietro is in a pitiable condition. Edna returns his ring. For a while he is disconsolate, but finally the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Romance | Short







Release Date:

3 February 1914 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Rather harrowing in theme
9 May 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This production is rather harrowing in theme. A blind violinist's sight is restored and the physician who performs the operation is paid by a girl who loves him. When he regains his sight he is disappointed in her appearance and treats her coldly, mingling with a Bohemian set and paying attention to a frivolous girl. He is again stricken blind; injuring his eyes writing an opera. The frivolous girl deserts him and the faithful one dies of grief. Some beautiful scenes and coloring are contained in the picture. The marring feature is the quick transition when in the bright sunlight the bandages are removed from the eyes after operation. - The Moving Picture World, February 21, 1914

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