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The Show Girl (1911)

Audrey, a charming actress, but classed among the show girls, is invited with some of her stage companions, to have lunch with an old friend, by the name of Dr. Renfrew. The doctor and ... See full summary »

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Van Dyke Brooke
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Cast

Cast overview:
Maurice Costello ... Dr. Renfrew
Helen Gardner ... Audrey, an Actress
Florence Turner ... Mrs. Renfrew
Van Dyke Brooke
Kenneth Casey
Lillian Walker ... A Show Girl
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Audrey, a charming actress, but classed among the show girls, is invited with some of her stage companions, to have lunch with an old friend, by the name of Dr. Renfrew. The doctor and Audrey, eating together, talk over old times and renew their friendship; she takes his attentions seriously and becomes very much impressed with his pleasant companionship. Night after night the doctor attends the performance in which she appears as the "headliner," and never fails to greet her with generous applause and a bouquet of flowers as marks of admiration. To emphasize his friendship or infatuation he sends her a string of pearls, begging her to accept it as a souvenir of happy days gone by. Through a member of the company in which she is playing, she learns that Dr. Renfrew is married, and at her friend's suggestion redirects his note back to his wife. The next morning she goes to his home when his family is absent, confronts him with his duplicity, and tells him about returning the note. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Romance | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1911 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Modelægen See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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There is so much business in it that gets nowhere
29 January 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This play has a very fine situation, but it isn't brought out as powerfully as it might have been. There is so much business in it that gets nowhere that when the climax comes part of its significance is lost. If we had seen Renfrew's wife and family in the very first scene we would more quickly have realized the possibilities of the situation. The scenes in the theater where Dr. Renfrew makes love to Audrey are quite clear. Yet, the friend who tells her that the doctor is a married man appears to compel her to return the pearls. Then, we don't see why Audrey stands peeping around the corner of the house and later, when Mrs. Renfrew appears, we don't know who she is nor are we sure whose children run into the house. There was no need of this confusion, for the situation is quite simple. After all, "The Show Girl" makes a pretty play. The scene where she dances is good and, though, at the climax, we are not sure whether she leaves the pearls from play gave her little chance to show the state of mind underplay gave her little chance to show the states of mind underlying that act. She showed no wounded pride, no desire for revenge at any time. Just before the climax, while she was talking, Dr. Renfrew stood smiling so vaguely, we couldn't tell what she was saying. - The Moving Picture World, June 3, 1911


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