Evening Ledger – Philadelphia, Wednesday, May 10, 1916
“Sold For Marriage” Stars Lillian Gish
New Fine Arts – Triangle Film of Russia and America Comes to the Arcadia
By the Photoplay Editor
Sold For Marriage. A five – part Fine Arts – Triangle feature. Scenario by William E. Wing. Produced by William Christie Cabanne. Reviewed from private screening at the Triangle projection room and showing the balance of the week at the Arcadia.
- Marfa – Lillian Gish
- Jan – Frank Bennett
- Colonel Gregioff – Walter Long
- Ivan, the uncle – A. D. Sears
- Anna, the aunt – Pearl Elmore
- Dimitri, the grandfather – Curt Rehfelt
- Georg, Ivan’s brother – William Lowery
- The American policeman – Fred Burns
- A desperado – Bromwell
- Marfa’s mother – Olga Gray
- Marfa’s father – G. M. Blue
- The undesirable suitor – Mike Siebert
There is always a distinctive finish about a product of the Fine Arts studios. No matter what the story, good or bad, or who the players, there is always a quiet direct artistry about the film that stamps it Griffith – supervised. It may lack woefully the fine interior lighting of the Lasky forces, but, it has always atmosphere, good camera work and exceptional exteriors.
The new release starring Lillian Gish, “Sold For Marriage,” is a case in point, as patrons of the Arcadia the rest of the week will discover. Its story is by no means novel or powerful – simply a tale of the attempts of some Russian immigrants to marry off their niece and ward to the highest bidder. The relations of all the characters are developed slowly, but consistently. The various incidents are none of them hair-raising, but they follow with straightforward logic.
As for settings and acting, both are close to perfection of Mr. Griffith’s studios. Lillian Gish, Frank Bennett, Walter Long and A. D. Sears carry the principal parts excellently. The scenes in Los Angeles’s Little Russia are as suggestive of our hybrid ghettos as the wilder and more obviously effective glimpses of Russia during a Pogrom.