Sue Simpkins' Ambition (1912)

My, my, but Sue Simpkins is some elocutionist. With longing aspirations to the stage, she pays a visit to the newly-opened motion picture show and her ambition takes a new turn, and she ... See full summary »

Director:

Ralph Ince

Writer:

Hettie Grey Baker (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Leah Baird ... Sue Simpkins, Aspiring Actress
Kingsley Higgins Kingsley Higgins ... Ezra Hawks
William V. Ranous ... Manager of the Motion Picture Company
Richard Rosson Richard Rosson ... Office Boy
Harry Northrup ... Leading Man of the Motion Picture Company
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My, my, but Sue Simpkins is some elocutionist. With longing aspirations to the stage, she pays a visit to the newly-opened motion picture show and her ambition takes a new turn, and she takes up a course with a correspondence school. "How to become a moving picture actress." After completing her course, she applies at the "Motograph Motion Picture Company" for a position as a leading lady. She is given a "try-out" and the manager tells her she would make a splendid comedian in farce comedy, but she insists that she is a past master in the dramatic art and prefers something more emotional. She is given the part of a deserted wife in a very touching drama. She gives full sway to her angular and loose-jointed anatomy, going through the part with so much action and enthusiasm, the director cannot control her. Later, she goes to see "The Deserted Wife" exhibited in a moving picture theater. She takes a seat among the audience and awaits its showing. At last she appears on the scene. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1912 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Miss Baird shows remarkable versatility
23 April 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

In this offering Leah Baird plays Sup the country girl, somewhat of a gawk, who has subscribed to directions to guide tyro photoplay actresses-to-be. There's a swain in the village who wants to marry her, but she has a career opening before her and he seems of small account. By a train of circumstances, in which her own impossibility plays a large part, she does succeed in getting a try-out. Her acting on the screen makes a roar and she is in the house to get the full benefit of the jolt. Miss Baird shows remarkable versatility in this picture which is quite out of the line in which she has made her mark. Kingsly Higgins, who plays the country lover, seems to be a new face on the screen. His work is such that we are looking forward to seeing more of it with much expectancy. W.V. Ranous, Richard Rosson and Harry Northrup are also in the cast. It is a very laughable offering that will be enjoyed. Its authoress, Hattie Gray Baker, and Ralph Ince, the producer, deserve credit. - The Moving Picture World, January 11, 1913


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