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  • David Miles is a hunchbacked violinist; to be more accurate, he looks a bit round-shouldered. This hideous affliction apparently means he has never tasted of human kindness. As a result, when a young woman gives him a bouquet of flowers as a tribute to his fiddling at a party, he blows it out of proportion and falls ill, until the doctor in attendance suggest to the woman she pretend to like him to cheer him up.

    As you might expect from that description, I do not particularly admire this Griffith film, despite its kindly message and decent acting -- actually, for the summer of 1909, fine acting. The message is offered too broadly for my tastes.

    Miles continued to act with Griffith's company until about 1912, when he became a director, again with Biograph. He remained there until well after Griffith had left, but his movie career ended in 1916 with the direction of a feature starring Griffith wife, Linda Arvildsen, for the Kinemacolour company.
  • The 34 year old D.W. Griffith smooths out the conflict between the urban poor and mainstream society in this short film by airbrushing their rules of engagement. It is out of touch with reality, proving that Griffith was a dreamer and a loner. He's romanticizing the society that he lives in, and placed a strain on his cast and crew by distancing them as a result of his self-advancing agenda. He has his own definition of beauty, and he is using it to construct the identity of the American nation. It is a preliminary sketch of his future epic, 'The Birth of a Nation', foreshadowing the weight of his destiny.
  • One of those pathetic dramas by the Biograph company which grips the heart and actually forces one to follow the story to the end regardless of whether one likes it or not. The death scene is so realistic that the audience scarcely breathes when the man is passing through the mental agonies attendant upon his discovery of the deception which had been worked upon him and the physical agony of approaching death. The woman's part was taken by one whose face is new in the Biograph pictures. She is no better than those who have acted such parts before, but her acting was good and she correctly interpreted the part. Photographically little was to be desired. The lighting appears a bit harsh in places, but in the main it is quite satisfactory. - The Moving Picture World, June 26, 1909