(One reel of
approximately 1,000 feet, October 25, 1912)
Alternate title: The Romance of a Gardener.
Print source: British Film Institute, 15 minutes 4 seconds.
Cast: Riley Chamberlin (gardener and narrator),
Marie Eline (Miss May [Marie
in film inter-title], as a child), Leland Benham (Jack, her childhood
sweetheart), Marguerite Snow (May grown up),
James Cruze (Jack grown up),
Harry Benham (who precipitates a quarrel between May and Jack,
Helen Badgley (child visitor to garden), Carl LeViness (butler).
Original music composed and performed by
The gardener tells the story he has seen unfolded within the precincts of a
beautiful spot - the beginning of affection between two, the quarrel, and
the reconciliation years afterward.
The ups and
downs and ups of a romance over 30 years, told as a series of flashbacks by
the gardener who witnessed them. The final garden scene, which is back-lit
by the sun, appears to use fill lights or reflectors (which would have been
a startling innovation) or may be lucky natural fill by scattered or thin
clouds. Either way, the Thanhouser cinematographers always showed remarkable
skill in dealing with the widely variable lighting conditions in their
extensive exterior location work.
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