The Open Road (1913)

Tom, the son of a millionaire, marries Gladys de Vere, a chorus girl. His father, hearing of this, disowns the boy. Learning that her husband will be penniless, Gladys soon leaves him. Tom,... See full summary »

Director:

Oscar Apfel

Writer:

Forrest Halsey (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Irving Cummings ... Tom / Liza in Play
Gertrude Robinson ... Linette
Ralph Lewis ... Tom's Father
Nancy Avril Nancy Avril ... Gladys de Vere
George Siegmann ... Joe Briggs
Edward P. Sullivan ... Ben Tibbett / Uncle Tom in Play
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Tom, the son of a millionaire, marries Gladys de Vere, a chorus girl. His father, hearing of this, disowns the boy. Learning that her husband will be penniless, Gladys soon leaves him. Tom, cast off by father and wife, has nowhere to go and listens to the lure of the open road. Answering its call, he becomes a tramp. Before long the long constant walking in the air makes a new man out of the dissipated youth. He meets a traveling Uncle Tom show and they give him a job pasting billboards. He falls in love with Linette, a pretty actress, thereby incurring the enmity of Joe Briggs, an actor. Joe and Tom come to blows and in this fight Tom discovers the good that the open road worked in his heretofore feeble muscles, and he knocks the actor out with no difficulty at all, thus winning the right to pay court to Linette. But as Tom looks into the trusting face of the girt, whom he knows returns his love, he remembers that other woman to whom he gave his name and he knows he has no right to ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1913 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Reliance Film Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Certainly among Producer Oscar Apfel's best work
25 June 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A good story with dramatic suspense and what is most delightful in such a story, unforced and spontaneous humor. It makes a first-class two-part feature offering, and is certainly among Producer Oscar Apfel's best work. The script is by Forrest Halsey, who has given a number of fine stories to Reliance releases. One of the good points in the story is that while the main thread on which the dramatic quality of the picture hangs is straight and clear, the episodes that are strung upon it are as unexpected and as freshly interesting as unexplored country. The characterization is clear-cut and natural, giving several commendable pictures of real people. Gertrude Robinson and Irving Cummings taking the two leads, with Ralph Lewis, as the latter's father, a fine old gentleman. Others too deserve commendation. It surely is a picture that will be liked and remembered. The camera work is fine; that first dream picture when the tramp, pictures "the open road" is a happy stroke of genius. - The Moving Picture World, February 1, 1913


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