The First Violin (1912)

Short, Drama

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Old Von Shultz, the first violin, finds as he grows older a longing for companionship. Hurrying from the theater the old musician finds little Helen sleeping on the steps of the stage door.... See full summary »

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23 July 2016 | deickemeyer
It is Van Dyke Brooke at his best
This is a "one man" picture in which the leading character is portrayed in a very able manner by Mr. Van Dyke Brooke. It is good to look at, although it is a trifle sad in its general idea. But that is easily compensated for by Mr. Brooke's rare technique, which is displayed in this picture to the limit. The story is along the lines of the Music Master: that of an old theater musician who found a waif and cared for it until the Children's Society agents came to claim it. The old man and his companions had become attached to the child and the portrayal of the grief of the old musician in parting with the child constitutes the theme, which is carried out in a masterful manner. The story does not descend into any mawkishness. Suffice it to say that it is Van Dyke Brooke at his best. A picture of tender pathos that is well worth while. - The Moving Picture World, January 20, 1912

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Short | Drama


Release Date:

2 February 1912



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