The New Magdalen (1914)

Left alone in the world, Mercy Merrick toils for a living. Faint with hunger, she falls one evening at the door of a restaurant and is revived by a glass of wine, given her by one of the ... See full summary »

Director:

Travers Vale

Writer:

Wilkie Collins (novel)
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Cast overview:
Louise Vale ... Mercy Merrick
Charles Hill Mailes ... The Man (as Charles H. Mailes)
Vivian Prescott ... Grace Roseberry
George Morgan ... Rev. Julian Grey
Franklin Ritchie Franklin Ritchie ... Horace Holmcroft
Louise Ducey Louise Ducey ... Lady Janet
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Left alone in the world, Mercy Merrick toils for a living. Faint with hunger, she falls one evening at the door of a restaurant and is revived by a glass of wine, given her by one of the diners, who has seen her fall. Her bodily weakness makes her an easy prey to the man, and she takes the first reluctant step on the downward path. Some time later, again forced by circumstances to earn her living, she is arrested for shoplifting and, although innocent, sentenced to prison. From the prison she is taken to the House of Refuge, and later, with the help of the matron, she obtains a position in the household of a wealthy woman. But her story quickly becomes known to the other servants, and she is forced to leave. Again at the refuge she becomes a nurse, and in the course of time one of the visiting doctors falls in love with her. But she will not marry him until he knows her record, and when he learns the truth he shrinks from her. To the church goes Mercy for consolation, and falls under ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1914 (USA) See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Very ably produced
5 May 2019 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Adapted from the novel by Wilkie Collins, in two parts. This book was dramatized and produced about forty years ago on the regular stage and was an unprecedented success. The visualized version has been very ably produced, with the exception of the costuming, in some instances. Much vividness is shown in the battle scenes. Louise Vale, in the exacting part of Mercy Merrick, brings out all the salient points of the character cameo like. In fact all the members of the cast are deserving of mention. A superior release. - The Moving Picture World, November 28, 1914


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