An Innocent Magdalene – By Kitty Kelly (Chicago Tribune – June 8, 1916)

Chicago Tribune – June 8 Page 21, 1916

Flickerings from Filmland

An Innocent Magdalene

  • Written by Merrill H. Burton
  • Five Reel Fine Arts Triangle
  • Directed by Allan Dwan
  • Presented at the Strand
An Innocent Magdalene 1916
An Innocent Magdalene 1916
  • Dorothy Raleigh ……………… Lillian Gish
  • Col. Raleigh ………..Spottiswoode Aitken
  • Forbes Stewart ………..…..Sam De Grasse
  • The Woman …………….……… Mary Alden
  • The Preacher …….…. Seymour Hastings
  • Mammy ………………….……….. Jennie Lee
  • Old Joe ………….……….. William De Vaull

By Kitty Kelly

“An Innocent Magdalene” and Lillian Gish are at the Strand this week. The story is not one to rub through the fine sleeve of plausibility. Some writers would have us believe that there are still remnants of southern aristocracy who regard every one but themselves as poor white thrash and live in their memories and the reflected glory of their past gleaned from attic trunks.

An Innocent Magdalene 1916 Lillian Gish k
An Innocent Magdalene 1916 Lillian Gish k

Lillian Gish as Dorothy Carter, the simple, sweet, obedient child whose tender soul is forced into rebellion by the shackles set upon her, makes appeal as a real person. Some people say Miss Gish is no actress and her range is not so great as that of her sister Dorothy’s but she handles roles of restrained characterization with a delicate subtlety that makes her one of the charming figures of the screen world.

An Innocent Magdalene 1916 Lillian Gish l
An Innocent Magdalene 1916 Lillian Gish l

Alla Dwan’s directing is designed to put vitality into most futile sort of tale, though one might querry why not the better the director the better the scenario?

** Mutt and Jeff make their cartoon debut into the movies for the Strand’s fillip of humor.

Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) 08 Jun 1916, Thu Page 21 - N
Chicago Tribune – June 8 Page 21, 1916 – An Innocent Magdalene

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