A Girl Like That (1917)
Kate Bruce, Irene Fenwick, William J. Butler
William J. Butler, Owen Moore
Kate Bruce, William J. Butler, Irene Fenwick, Owen Moore
Olive Thomas (center), Owen Moore (right). Part of this photo is missing. Thanks to Jonathan Pettit for identifying this photo.
"A Girl Like That"
There is a goo village atmosphere running through the picture -- of the little bank, the home life of the country parson and his wife, with whom Nell boards on the strength of her forged letters of recommendation, and of the church "sociable." There is strong love interest, too, following the arrival in town of the young woman who secures a position as bookkeeper in the bank; it is her love for the cashier which is the determining factor in the upsetting of the plans of the burglars and their later capture.
There is a good cast supporting the two principals. Jack Dillon is the sheriff and Alice (sic) Thomas is Fannie, the sister of the cashier. There is a subsidiary love match here which contributes to the interest. Tom O'Keefe, Edwin Sturgis and Harry Lee, the latter as John Gordon, portray the bank burglars. William Butler is the clergyman.
The raid on the bank is dramatic. It takes
place in a rain storm unusual in intensity. The struggle in the bank
following the opening of the safe possesses real elements of melodrama.
There are other terse moments, too, as when the father of Nell is killed
by his companions because he refuses to instruct Nell to give them the
aid they later try to secure by subterfuge, only to fall into the trap
she lays for them.
"A Girl Like That" will be liked.
"A Girl Like That"
The story of a girl brought up to crookedness, and daughter of a burglar and safeblower, who in ill health repents his ways and resolves to "go straight," but who is sick and in need of money is here told in a new way. The girl, with false letter to a small-town minister, enters the employ of the cashier of the local bank, in order that she may learn the combination to his safe and make "dead easy" a last little job which is to take care of her father.
When she discovers she has fallen in love with the innocent victim, and tries to escape from the dilemma, her "pals" come to urge her on and threaten to "blow" if she "double crosses" them. The audience is held in real suspense during these developments until her father, who refuses to be a part to holding his daughter to another crooked job, is murdered in cold blood because of this refusal. She learns of this murder through the newspapers, and instantly arranges a "frame-up" for vengeance and at the same time to protect her lover. She intends to leave town, so he will never know she is "a girl like that." But he loses not time in coming to the bank just in time to see the burglars caught red-handed, and to take Nell in his arms to a safer place. The chance for a big scene of dramatic pathos here is not used, but abruptly the story ends, and the scene shifts to a later proposal of marriage and some pretty wedding preparations.
As a who this is a very good pictre and will interest any audience. Owen Moore and Irene Fenwick in combination should draw. And the title is good.
" A GIRL LIKE THAT"
Story -- Crook melodrama, with rustic atmosphere. Directed by Dell
Previous to this, one of the crooks had killed her father and she see the story in a newspaper. The characters for the country town scenes have been well chosen and the atmosphere is better than usual for a picture of this kind. Owen Moore gives a good portrayal of the country bank cashier while Miss Fenwick seemed right at home at the village functions.
with Irene Fenwick, Olive Thomas, Owen Moore. Directed by Hugh Ford. Famous Players/Paramount.
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