May 15, 2022 Subject:
Broke socialite recruits escaped convict "niece" to marry heir to a fortune, then blackmails her when she gets pangs of conscience. Some good train footage.
December 17, 2012 Subject:
Did someone mention the suspension of disbelief?
If you look past the fact that the likelihood that such a set of events could unfold in the manner presented, this movie is OK.
Hedda Hopper clearly outclasses her supporting cast.
July 27, 2012 Subject:
I can think of far worse ways to spend an hour.
Special effects are surprisingly decent.
My only complaint is the lack of nudity, but I guess we can't have everything (jk).
November 29, 2011 Subject:
er, I think I'll take the bus
After all, when you have two train wrecks in the same movie which involve the central characters, it makes you stop and think. Okay, enough already.
A socialite (played by future Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper) suddenly looses all her money. Then with the aid of her crooked lawyer, she tries to use a girl who is an escaped convict to gain a new fortune. (If you're big on believability, you might as well stop reading.) The plan is to marry the girl off to a handsome young man who has just inherited millions.
You'll never guess what happens next. …Oh damn! you guessed! One unbelievable happening follows another until the second train wreck which fixes everything. Hedda Hopper is the only cast member of note.
This little film has surprisingly good production values, and the climactic final scenes aboard a runaway lounge car are well directed. However, it also is an example of the problems associated with the transition from silent to sound films - primitive acting, primitive dialog and primitive sound recording. Nevertheless I had fun watching this one, and the more unbelievable the plot became the better I liked it.
The image quality is only fair. The audio peaks the lower mid frequencies. The audio track is standard MPEG layer-3 stereo, but the film's mono soundtrack is only recorded on the left channel.
CAST NOTE: Hedda Hopper was close friends with J. Edgar Hoover and William Randolph Hearst. So when she left the screen to become a popular columnist, it isn't surprising that she had the power to make and break Hollywood careers. On Hearst's behalf, she tried unsuccessfully to block the release of "Citizen Kane."