A rare Lubin feature film about a young woman who goes west and ends up being forced to marry an alcoholic mine owner. Based on a smash hit play from the same era, this film was hailed as one of Lubin’s best.
Thought lost for decades, this romantic melodrama of the Balkan Wars is the second and final collaboration between leading lady Blanche Sweet and director Cecil B. DeMille. The production was marred by personality conflicts, illness and a tragic accidental death but the film itself is a scrumptiously sleazy little slice of hokum.
I know that Hedda Hopper’s film career is not really a secret but I always feel a little strange when she shows up in a movie. Like she’s playing a cameo or something.
Raffles, gentleman crook, is thoroughly defanged in this bizarre Jazz Age adaptation. Our hero now robs from the rich and gives to the poor but spends much of his time awkwardly flirting with Hedda Hopper. House Peters mails in his performance and the adaptation is painful. A true turkey, though Hopper’s overripe acting does create some unintentional amusement.
Mr. A.J. Raffles is a champion cricket player who does the odd burglary on the side. Just for sport, don’t you know, old thing? House Peters takes the lead and is supported by Hedda Hopper, among others. The inferior remake of the 1917 Barrymore version, which itself was not perfect.