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Romantic, sentimental depiction of artistic life
21 September 2019
Very well acted and pleasing in its total impression, is this romantic, sentimental depiction of artistic life. There is little novelty in the story of a young woman, who presents her masterpiece under the name of her blind sweetheart, an unsuccessful artist, but the situation takes on some freshness as acted by Maurice Costello, Estelle Mardo and Thomas O. Mills. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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Nothing to laugh at
21 September 2019
Only the most receptive of audiences will appreciate the comedy in this film. In a well-filled theater it passed with never a titter, because there was really nothing to laugh at in the story, or the acting. The plot is childishly simple and one does not find the brisk action that may cover up the lack of deeper qualities. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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First rate comedy
21 September 2019
First rate comedy of the kind customarily supplied by Victor Potel, Harry Todd, Margaret Joslin and Ernest Van Pelt. Slippery Slim's wild driving of a stagecoach over uneven roads and through rivers is something of an accomplishment. Disguised as a desperado, Slim outwits his old time rival, Mustang Pete, and wins the regard of Sophie. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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The Big Night (1915)
Mildly entertaining
21 September 2019
Better than its companion piece on the same reel. "The Big Night" is mildly entertaining at times. It is the old story of a husband who sneaks away to enjoy a burlesque show. His wife arrives before the removal of the last veil in "The Dance of the Seven Veils" and drags him out of the hall without ceremony. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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Weak burlesque
21 September 2019
Weak burlesque based on the career of a ridiculously stupid young man, who, after revealing his incompetency in a photographer's studio, is reduced to ashes by a high explosive. The attempts at comedy in this half-reel burlesque leave an audience unmoved. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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Breaking In (1915)
The cast is a strong one
21 September 2019
Elaine Sterne provided familiar material for Wilfrid North, the director of this film. A wealthy westerner takes his daughter east that she may break into New York society. With one accord society makes excuses, then Papa gets even by joining the Big Six of Wall Street. Scenes on the stock exchange are exciting and the cast is a strong one, including Ned Finley, Lillian Walker, Rose Tapley and Darwin Karr. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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An artificial melodrama
21 September 2019
An artificial melodrama which must be accepted in its extravagant entirety, or not at all. A slipper thrown from the window of an apartment is the means of saving a young woman from her aunt and uncle, who have designs on her fortune. Critical audiences will find the story unconvincing. Lillian Hamilton, Robyn Adair and E. J. Brady are in the cast. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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Pointed and intelligent
21 September 2019
As in other George Ade fables, the humor here is pointed and intelligent. Small town audiences, in particular, will find a pardonably exaggerated portrayal of actual happenings in the experiences of the Helping Hand Society that organizes a festival at a total expense of $250. The receipts are $41.60, but, even so, the affair is pronounced a success. A George Adeish wording of the sub-titles adds greatly to this creditable offering. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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Individual performances are better than the story
21 September 2019
The individual performances given by Arthur Housman and William Wadsworth are better than the story provided by Elizabeth Miller in this half-reel farce. The plot is woven around incidents preparatory to and following a masque ball. One of the guests (Housman) refuses to pay for his costume and is hounded by Wadsworth, the irate costumer. Cora Williams and Richard Tucker make the most of the secondary roles. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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There is much padding
21 September 2019
The story told here is of the slightest, and in lieu of incidents advancing the plot there is much padding. Rivals for the hand of a girl determine to settle possession by a roping contest. Apparently the young woman accedes to the plan, but in the end she dismisses both of the suitors. Scenes are laid in the West. The Selig sub-title writer introduces the word "rivaltry." - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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His Soul Mate (1915)
An odd rather than a humorous picture
21 September 2019
George W. Terwilliger has written a quite unusual scenario that makes an odd rather than a humorous picture. Wavering between the charms of Dolly and those of Polly, a young man dreams that he marries each in turn, that both die and that he meets them in Heaven. His stenographer also is within St. Peter's gates, and she, it seems, is his soul mate. It is not so much a comedy as a fanciful notion picturized. Ethel Clayton and Joseph Kaufman are in the cast. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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A passable subject
21 September 2019
Burlesque of fair quality closing a reel with "Mr. Pepperie Temper." Rebel soldiers steal chickens belonging to a Mexican general and because he fails to take the joke in good part he is blown sky high by a huge cannon. A passable subject. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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A few thoughtless laughs
21 September 2019
The episode in this split-reel farce, showing the antics of a man with a nasty temper, are loosely joined together, but draw a few thoughtless laughs. The action is spirited. On the reel with "The Mexican's Chickens." - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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Fast and to the point
21 September 2019
Adapted from a short story, the action in this melodrama is fast and to the point. A young man who thinks romance is dead is unexpectedly called upon to succor a beautiful young woman and her father. There is some stiff fighting in which Richard C Travers and E.H. Calvert figure. Ruth Stonehouse is the girl. A fair melodrama. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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A somewhat sketchy story
21 September 2019
For the last of the "Olive's Opportunities" series the characters are taken to a winter house party in the country. Olive's gypsy father is drowned in the lake (he actually slips out of sight between cakes of ice) and, to close the film, and end Olive's maidenhood, there is a pretty church wedding. Mabel Trunnelle and Edward Earle make a pleasing couple in a somewhat sketchy story. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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Hearts to Let (1915)
The cause seems inadequate
21 September 2019
Because of a love letter sent by a friend for inclusion in a book the novelist is writing the novelist's wife believes him to be untrue and the upshot of the misunderstanding is a divorce. As presented here the cause seems inadequate and the reunion of the estranged pair is needlessly protracted. Leo Delaney and Leah Baird playing the principal parts under the direction of William Humphrey are the film's best assets. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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Excellent winter scenes
21 September 2019
Excellent winter scenes in this issue show ski jumping and playing tennis on the ice. The Kaiserhof hotel fire in Chicago is fairly well pictured and strong in their human appeal are scenes of the bread line waiting at the Knickerbocker Hotel, New York. Much of the war section is devoted to scenes in German cities where life proceeds as in times of peace. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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The plot is of small moment
21 September 2019
The seventh of the Patsy Bolivar episodes takes Clarence J. Elmer (Patsy) to a seminary where he is in turn a gardener and a physical instructor. Some of the scenes showing the' girls in mannish gymnasium costumes playing follow the leader hold the attention. They are the best part of the picture for the plot is of small moment. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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The story is loosely constructed
21 September 2019
This time Wallace Beery (Sweedie) enters a girl's college where tuition is to be given in return for labor. As a baker's assistant Sweedie nearly burns two men in the oven and then passes on to other experiences shared with the girls at a midnight supper party. Finally there is an embarrassing mistake in identity when Sweedie leaves. The story is loosely constructed, but offers a few humorous incidents. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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Faster action would improve the film
21 September 2019
William Wadsworth and Arthur Housman are two very easy-going burglars who make a joke of a good-natured policeman. They rob a home at their leisure and meet interference without concern. Faster action would improve the film, but as it stands, it is good for several laughs. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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A one-idea plot
21 September 2019
Western melodrama in which the story is developed around an odd incident. A bullet, discharged in a scuffle, goes through the ceiling and wounds a man in the room above. It is a one-idea plot revealing nothing unusual save the happening mentioned. Isabel Rea, Curtis Cooksey and William J. Butler play parts that permit little characterization. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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The characters seem fairly natural
21 September 2019
Granting as a premise the foolishness of the young married couple in this picture, the way in which they work out their domestic trouble is reasonably diverting. Having decided on a divorce, they live together until the necessary money is saved and then, of course, there is no divorce. The characters seem fairly natural as presented by Irene Howley and Jack Mulhall. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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Plenty of slap-stick humor
21 September 2019
Lively action with plenty of slap-stick humor should make this film a popular attraction. The idea has been used often enough, but not in precisely this form. Two hoboes feed dogs to a machine that grinds out completed sausages, retaining the color of the original dog and some of the animation. Unquestionably, the picture will excite laughter. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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The cast is adequate
21 September 2019
An ordinary western melodrama in which a sheriff objects to bis daughter marrying her cowboy sweetheart, and in which the cowboy wins favor by rescuing the girl from desperadoes. Several incidents in the story are made effective, settings are attractive and the cast is adequate with Velma Whitman, Melvin Mayo, Ray Gallagher and George Routh in the principal parts. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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The bout is amusing
21 September 2019
Broad comedy that makes its first appeal to the not over delicate men in an audience. The perfumed wrestler wins the great match because his person so reeks with the odor of Limburger cheese that his opponent is overcome. The bout is amusing and the picture in its entirety is consistently handled in a low comedy vein. - The Moving Picture World, February 27, 1915
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