seven reels, February 19, 1916, this version three reels, release date
Print source: Thanhouser Collection, 43 minutes 26 seconds.
Directed by Ernest Warde. Assistant Director, Frank L. Gereghty.
Photographed by William Zollinger. Scenario by Philip Lonergan, based on the
novel by George Eliot.
Scenario: Based on the 1861
by George Eliot.
Cast: Frederick Warde (Silas Marner), Louise Emerald Bates (his sweetheart),
Morgan Jones (his supposed friend), Frank S. McNish (Squire Cass), Thomas A
Curran (Godrey, the older son of the squire), Baroness DeWitz “Valda
Valkyrien” (Molly, the barmaid in the neighboring village of Shoreham),
Hector Dion (Dunstan, the squire’s younger son), Kathryn Adams (Silas
Marner’s foster daughter grown to womanhood), Edwin Stanley (her betrothed),
Arthur L. Rankin (Lammeter), Frank L. Gereghty, Ethel Jewett (Nancy, the
youngest daughter), Elise Jordan (Priscilla, the oldest daughter).
Original music composed and performed by
Frederick Warde in his motion picture
debut in the leading role as the bent and twisted miser whose life of
selfishness is changed by the influence of a child.
From the very
beginning, Thanhouser had a knack for pictorializing classic plays and
novels, especially quaint period stories. The title character, a kindly
weaver, is wrongly accused of murder and theft and becomes an
embittered miser. Meanwhile, the real villain is blackmailed. The lives of
various characters intertwine eventfully with the life of Silas Marner, and
events over the decades restore his humanity. A rich variety of locations
(including genuine snow—take that, Hollywood!), one of Thanhouser’s
specialties, is at its best here. Silas’ fire-lit cabin interior has
dramatically effective special lighting not possible a couple of years
earlier. The story suffers from severe truncation in this version (reduced
to less than half its original length for a post-Thanhouser re-release), but
benefits from Frederick Warde’s detailed acting.
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