26 July 2018 | boblipton
A Lost Movie is All Dolled Up in a Reconstruction
Only a couple of Gladys Walton's movies are supposed to have survived, but I came across this title and discovered it to be a reconstruction -- about eight minutes missing, with three screens of text to replace them and the titles for tje rest seems to have been translated from a foreign language by someone with a grasp of colloquial English. Nonetheless, it was pretty good watching.
Gladys is a spunky shop girl. When she spots a thief stealing rich Florence Turner's purse, she leaps on the crook. Miss Turner is grateful. Through a long, involved plot, Miss Turner sends most of her wardrobe to Gladys, who is mistaken for Miss Turner by kidnappers...
It's not really a comedy, except for the final sequence, when Miss Walton is throwing a lot of dishes at her kidnappers, but she certainly is a lively performer in a Universal 5-reel programmer. Miss Turner, however, seems to be yearning for the days when she was the great star of her studio, and seems slow and rather dull in contrast. Was this done in order to make Miss Walton more interesting, or did director Rollin Sturgeon feel that a director of lowly westerns for Vitagraph had no business telling the Vitagraph Girl how to play a scene?