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The Price (1911)

Pretty Ann, and Joe, the hostler, one day chance to meet. Strong is Joe, and simple, and Ann is shy and sweet. As man and maid have done before, they love, and marry, too. And live happy ... See full summary »

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George R. Sims (poem), Lois Weber
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Credited cast:
Phillips Smalley ... Joe
Lois Weber ... Ann
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Pretty Ann, and Joe, the hostler, one day chance to meet. Strong is Joe, and simple, and Ann is shy and sweet. As man and maid have done before, they love, and marry, too. And live happy ever after? Ah, this tale is new to you! Yes, the tale is drear, prosaic; and so poetry won't do. A baby boy comes to bless the union. Joe is working in the stables when they tell him of his joy: his heart is gay and happy, and he tells the horses so. Then, it might be the angels were jealous of such mortal happiness; it might be the devil, seeing the stage so set, entered to play the leading role. The tempter comes to the woman. He is a gentleman, suave, polished, charming, a man of manners; and Ann, knowing not the manners of men, hears and heeds and falls as the angels fall from heaven, another Eve heeding the serpent's call, facing a morn of desired delight, and the twilight of despair. One night Joe comes home with a happy cry of "Wife!" But the only answer is the whisper of desolation, the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1911 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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The action depends largely on leaders quoting the ballad
24 May 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This picture was adapted from the poem "Ostler Joe," author's name not given. It is not a dramatic picture and the action, at least for a large part of it, depends largely on leaders quoting the ballad, and that is neither very poetical nor very human. However, very good work on the part of the players and of the producer give life to the separate scenes of what was not a very strong scenario. The argument is as follows: An ostler was happily married and a son came to the home; as shown a very comfortable home. The lad grew to be about five years old and made friends with a stranger and brought him into the yard. Later, the mother was tempted by this stranger and ran away with him, becoming a famous prostitute. The child died shortly after the mother ran away. The woman at length fell upon hard times and lay dying in poverty, when her hostler husband heard of it. He forgave her and she died in his arms. The scenes are beautiful without exception. - The Moving Picture World, December 2, 1911


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