7 July 2016 | boblipton
All the Swains Adore Her
When that young scamp, Florence Turner, comes to visit Maurice Costello, she plays practical jokes like putting sneezing powder in all the flower vases. When she gets engaged to a young man, Costello must suffer his love for her in silence in this Vitagraph short.
Maurice Costello was the leading dramatic actor of Vitagraph in this period -- his great-grand daughter is Drew Barrymore -- and he acquits himself very well in this movie. However, no one at Vitagraph liked him. At that studio, everyone filled in wherever they were needed, and Costello refused to help build sets; he was paid, he said, to be an actor, not a stagehand. Miss Turner, on the other hand, was generally liked and she is very good here, lively and convivial in the opening scenes, and sober in the latter. Her career flourished for many a year, while Costello was reduced to suing his daughters for support in his old age.
If you wish to see this well-performed movie, you can find it on the Eye Institute site on YouTube.