From the Shadows (1914)

The star of a traveling theatrical company is an actor well known on the "road" in classic roles, but has never really made his mark on the stage. Most of his success is due to his wife, ... See full summary »
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Irving Cummings ... Hesper Verne
Florence La Badie ... Daphne
Violet Stuart Violet Stuart ... Aurora Lake (as Violet Stewart)
John Reinhardt John Reinhardt ... Theatrical Manager (as John Reinhard)
Justus D. Barnes ... Stage Manager
Roy Hauck Roy Hauck ... Hall Boy
Arthur Bauer Arthur Bauer ... Mr. Vandewater
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The star of a traveling theatrical company is an actor well known on the "road" in classic roles, but has never really made his mark on the stage. Most of his success is due to his wife, who plays with him in the company. Their child, a little girl, accompanies them on their tour. The wife meets a wealthy man, and deserts her husband and little daughter. The husband, half crazed by the shock, takes care of his child, and as the years go by devotes himself to teaching her the art of acting. The child attains womanhood. She and her father are in dire straits. Finally she applies to a theatrical manager for an engagement, who discovers her great talent, he turns out to be her father's former call-boy, and a mutual attraction is evident. In the meantime the old actor finds some relics of his past on the stage which recall the old days, and in the darkened room where he sits he fancies he sees himself playing the famous roles of years gone by. Finally he falls back into his chair, and when... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Out of the Shadows See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Full of typically Thanhouser atmosphere
21 September 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This two-part picture, pleasantly sentimental and poetic, is full of typically Thanhouser atmosphere and draws for us the trials and something of the triumphs of an actor's life. Opening, it shows a young actor, with his wife and baby, on tour. The wife is growing "tired of it all" and soon has run away with the actor's "friend." It took skillful handling of this incident to keep us still in sympathy with the weary woman and yet to protect the actor from losing in our respect on account of it. It is at once natural and pretty in its humanity. Twenty years pass; the baby has grown up. She and her old father are poor. While she is out getting a job as an actress, he dreams of his old successes and we see him in the chief Shakespearean roles, as Hamlet, etc. These scenes give Irving Cummings a fine chance to show his versatility. Well acted and beautifully photographed, it makes an excellent offering that is likable with no greatness or originality in it. - The Moving Picture World, June 6, 1914


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