Photoplay Magazine March 1917
The Shadow Stage – Julian Johnson
“A House Built on Sand”
In “A House Built on Sand” we have the most intelligent subject turned out of the Triangle group in the past month ; and in “Truthful Tulliver” the liveliest entertainment, apart from “The Americano.”
For the first : here is a new version of the caveman-husband story. The girl, played by Lillian Gish, plans for a simpering society wedding. Her husband-to-be, a hater of shams, plucks her out of her luxuriant nest, and carries her off to wedlock and rough surroundings as though she were a Sabine woman. Result, estrangement.
At the end of six months imperative duty awakes her to the realities of life, and, coincidentally, to the realities of love. This is a quiet, sanely told, not essentially dramatic story. Anyone who can behold a photoplay of this type and talk about the unvarying falsity of the screen to life is either a knave or an ass. “A House Built on Sand” is life.