The Portrait (1914)

Keen competition is aroused among a group of young artists in New York City by the announcement of a valuable prize for the greatest portrait of the year, six months being given as the time... See full summary »

Director:

James Young

Writer:

Catherine Carr (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
James Young ... Ralph Dryden
Mary Maurice ... Mrs. Rosemary Blair
James Morrison ... David - Mrs. Blair's Son
Naomi Childers ... Elaine Travner
Donald Hall ... Hoyt
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Keen competition is aroused among a group of young artists in New York City by the announcement of a valuable prize for the greatest portrait of the year, six months being given as the time limit of the competition. Dryden, a brilliant young artist, before starting his prize picture, decides first to take a trip to the country in search of inspiration. He meets with an accident near the cottage of Rosemary Blair, a quaint old lady. Mrs. Blair's one topic of conversation is her son, David, who has gone to New York to study art, and of whom she has lost all trace. She tells Dryden the story of the boy's venture into the world, and shows the artist his sketches. Dryden, out of compassion, hides from her love-blind eyes the artistic impossibility of the boy's work and promises, if possible, to get in touch with David upon his return to New York. Five months later, Dryden is busily at work on his portrait, the subject of which he will not divulge. David, half-starved, sullen and resentful ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1914 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A corny melodrama played for laughs
5 May 2010 | by edalweberSee all my reviews

While there is no description of this movie, and I can't be absolutely certain, I believe that this is the one which was used in a 1930's short, one of those ones which "sent up" silent melodramas by adding a humorous narration and sound effects. I saw it on TCM several times.The theme was"the downfall of an artist's model through drink". An artist uses Ed Young as a model to paint a picture of a handsome man. Young turns to drink,gradually goes downhill, and becomes a scruffy, unshaven derelict. The same artist hires him again, this time for booze, and paints him as a hideous wreck. When Young sees the portrait, the shock of how far he has fallen causes him to drop dead.(His reactions are so exaggerated you have to wonder if this was intended as a drama or a comedy.) According to the narrator, who identifies several of the players, Young's wife Clara Kimball Young appears as a woman at a party, as does her father Ed Kimball, who appears briefly at the party as a bishop looking disapprovingly at Young's drinking.By the way, according to a biography"The Ringlings,Wizards of the Circus" Ed Kimball worked in their traveling variety show before they had their circus.


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