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The Heart of Valeska (1913)

Valeska, the daughter of a poor cobbler, is occupied caring for her sick mother and keeping house. Nearly enough money has been saved to pay the taxes, when the medicine bottle becomes ... See full summary »

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... Valeska
... The Count
... The Tax Collector
Mrs. William Bechtel ... Valeska's Mother
John Sturgeon ... Valeska's Father
Richard Ridgely ... Valeska's First Sweetheart
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Valeska, the daughter of a poor cobbler, is occupied caring for her sick mother and keeping house. Nearly enough money has been saved to pay the taxes, when the medicine bottle becomes empty and Valeska borrows from the taxes to buy medicine, hoping to be able to repay it. In the small town in which they live is a man who is paying attention to Valeska, and favored by her, except at times when his drinking makes him a useless wretch. One day, while gathering firewood, Valeska is overtaken by a nobleman, and he offers her assistance in giving her a lift in the coach to her home. Time goes on, more money is needed for medicine and the tax money is again borrowed. When the medicine bottle is filled and wrapped in newspaper and taken home, Valeska discovers an announcement in the paper of the coming marriage auction, a custom still in existence. First of all, to raise more money, Valeska sells her beautiful hair to help her poor parents, then goes off to auction herself to become some ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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12 May 1913 (USA)  »

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Flows convincingly enough to hold the attention from the first
4 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

An interesting, romantic tale of Russia pictured in simple backgrounds that serve very well although not truly Russian. It is not tensely dramatic, but is clear at all times and flows convincingly enough to hold the attention from the first. Marion Nesbitt plays Valeska with dignity and charm, but without real fire. Marc MacDermott plays a count who falls in love with her. He is the most interesting figure in the picture. Bigelow Cooper as a tax gatherer, makes a distinct, convincing impression as do Valeska's parents, Mrs. Bechtel and J. Sturgeon. Richard Ridgley plays Valeska's first sweetheart. The photography is clear enough, but might have been much improved upon. The author, M.M. Katterjohn, deserves credit for an entertaining story which has been well produced. - The Moving Picture World, May 24, 1913


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