The Folly of Anne (1914)

Anne leaves her country town to embark upon a career as a writer in the city. She takes a hall bedroom and applies herself to her stories. The landlady is dubious. Anne goes to a publisher ... See full summary »

Director:

John B. O'Brien

Writers:

Ellen Farley (story), George Pattullo (scenario)
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Lillian Gish ... Anne
Elmer Clifton ... The Sympathtic Publisher
Jack Conway ... The Heartless Publisher
W.E. Lawrence ... (as William E. Lawrence)
Josephine Crowell ... (as Mrs. Crowell)
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Anne leaves her country town to embark upon a career as a writer in the city. She takes a hall bedroom and applies herself to her stories. The landlady is dubious. Anne goes to a publisher and is turned down. She goes to a second publisher and meets with the same fate. It gets to be an old story after a while, and her fund of money is almost gone. One by one she burns her manuscripts to heat soup, until she has but one story left. The landlady demands the rent in advance, and Anne is evicted. Chased from stoop to stoop by the policeman, she at length finds the key of one of the houses under the doormat and takes refuge inside. The young man, who is the owner of the place, presently returns to get some articles he has forgotten. Not finding the key, he enters through the window and Anne takes him for a burglar. She sees him putting things in his suit case. Finding an old revolver, she holds him up, and proposes that he teach her to be a burglar too. He enjoys the joke awhile, then he ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1914 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Much to commend it
5 May 2019 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A picture from the short story of Ellen Farley in "The Cavalier," and screened by John O'Brian. The story is of a girl who tries to be an author and has the usual fate of such. The new interest comes when she enters the home of the publisher because the policemen won't let her sit on the park benches and she wants to hide out of sight of them. She is starving and there is fruit on the table which she eats, but when the "burglar" comes she feels in duty bound to protect the place from him; it is the publisher, and from this meeting the two young people fall in, it always happens in fiction, why say it? But even with this ending the offering has much to commend it. Able direction and good acting give it atmosphere and it will go all right. - The Moving Picture World, November 28, 1914


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