The Portrait (1914)

Short, Drama

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Keen competition is aroused among a group of young artists in New York City by the announcement of a valuable prize for the greatest portrait of the year, six months being given as the time... See full summary »


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5 May 2010 | edalweber
A corny melodrama played for laughs
While there is no description of this movie, and I can't be absolutely certain, I believe that this is the one which was used in a 1930's short, one of those ones which "sent up" silent melodramas by adding a humorous narration and sound effects. I saw it on TCM several times.The theme was"the downfall of an artist's model through drink". An artist uses Ed Young as a model to paint a picture of a handsome man. Young turns to drink,gradually goes downhill, and becomes a scruffy, unshaven derelict. The same artist hires him again, this time for booze, and paints him as a hideous wreck. When Young sees the portrait, the shock of how far he has fallen causes him to drop dead.(His reactions are so exaggerated you have to wonder if this was intended as a drama or a comedy.) According to the narrator, who identifies several of the players, Young's wife Clara Kimball Young appears as a woman at a party, as does her father Ed Kimball, who appears briefly at the party as a bishop looking disapprovingly at Young's drinking.By the way, according to a biography"The Ringlings,Wizards of the Circus" Ed Kimball worked in their traveling variety show before they had their circus.

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Short | Drama


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10 March 1914



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