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The 30 Apr 1910 Moving Picture World ran the following review: “This is really Richard Harding Davis' story of Van Bibber. In it are given more details of his mother's life than arc given in the story, showing why the father cast the mother off. Then comes the appearance on the stage of the daughter and Van Bibber's determination to restore her to her father. Much pathos and sentiment appear here, and the acting is so sympathetic that one involuntarily sides with Van Bibber in his attempt to induce the father to take the girl to his home and heart. And what smiles of satisfaction appear on the faces of the audience when Van Bibber finally succeeds. It is a happy ending to a sad story, and most patrons of the theater will rejoice that the kindly friend succeeds in his purpose. A special cast was made up for this picture, including Robert Connes in the leading role, a guarantee of successful dramatic work.”
       According to the 26 Mar 1910 Moving Picture World, “For the interpretation of this play a special cast was engaged and the utmost care taken in the costuming and stage settings. It is said to be played with a simplicity and fidelity which makes the story tremendously convincing and will place it among the film classics of the ... More Less

The 30 Apr 1910 Moving Picture World ran the following review: “This is really Richard Harding Davis' story of Van Bibber. In it are given more details of his mother's life than arc given in the story, showing why the father cast the mother off. Then comes the appearance on the stage of the daughter and Van Bibber's determination to restore her to her father. Much pathos and sentiment appear here, and the acting is so sympathetic that one involuntarily sides with Van Bibber in his attempt to induce the father to take the girl to his home and heart. And what smiles of satisfaction appear on the faces of the audience when Van Bibber finally succeeds. It is a happy ending to a sad story, and most patrons of the theater will rejoice that the kindly friend succeeds in his purpose. A special cast was made up for this picture, including Robert Connes in the leading role, a guarantee of successful dramatic work.”
       According to the 26 Mar 1910 Moving Picture World, “For the interpretation of this play a special cast was engaged and the utmost care taken in the costuming and stage settings. It is said to be played with a simplicity and fidelity which makes the story tremendously convincing and will place it among the film classics of the year.” More Less

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DATE
PAGE
LCMP
p. 25, column 2.
Moving Picture News
9 Apr 1910
p. 15tl.
Moving Picture World
19 Mar 1910
p. 428tn.
Moving Picture World
26 Mar 1910
p. 471tn.
Moving Picture World
2 Apr 1910
p. 524ada, 530tl.
Moving Picture World
9 Apr 1910
p. 567ts, 568ta.
Moving Picture World
16 Apr 1910
p. 617tl.
Moving Picture World
30 Apr 1910
p. 689tr.
Moving Picture World
25 Jun 1910
p. 1110tn.
Variety
23 Apr 1910
tr.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Her First Experience by Richard Harding Davis (New York, 1901).
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 April 1910
Copyright Claimant:
Edison Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
15 April 1910
Copyright Number:
J140618-J140623
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
990
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

“Van Bibber, a thoroughly delightful man of the world who has not been spoiled by society conventionality, and the child whom he rescues will appeal to every lover of the best in life. Some of the story of the ‘littlest’ girl’s parentage, which is only hinted at in Davis’ book, is fully given in the film; and we understand pretty clearly why the wronged father has wanted to cast the mother and her child out of his heart, why he has remained in ignorance of the death of the mother and the fate of the little one, and also why, when Van Bibber finds her making ‘Her First Appearance’ before the footlights, he resolves to take her from the life of the stage and restore her to her father, whether the father will or no. The scenes show the young society man, who has been lounging behind the scenes, carrying the ‘littlest’ girl to her dressing room where he learns from her foster mother that she is really the child of his old friend and of that friend’s unhappy marriage, which he will be shown in the opening series to have done everything in his power to prevent. Being a man of decision as well as of good heart, Van Bibber takes her in the taxicab to the home of her father and urges him to receive the child into his house and affections. Remembering his wrongs, the father refuses to welcome her, but when Van Bibber announces that he will adopt the child and she shall become his and fill the place in his life which she should fill in the empty heart of her father, the father ... +


“Van Bibber, a thoroughly delightful man of the world who has not been spoiled by society conventionality, and the child whom he rescues will appeal to every lover of the best in life. Some of the story of the ‘littlest’ girl’s parentage, which is only hinted at in Davis’ book, is fully given in the film; and we understand pretty clearly why the wronged father has wanted to cast the mother and her child out of his heart, why he has remained in ignorance of the death of the mother and the fate of the little one, and also why, when Van Bibber finds her making ‘Her First Appearance’ before the footlights, he resolves to take her from the life of the stage and restore her to her father, whether the father will or no. The scenes show the young society man, who has been lounging behind the scenes, carrying the ‘littlest’ girl to her dressing room where he learns from her foster mother that she is really the child of his old friend and of that friend’s unhappy marriage, which he will be shown in the opening series to have done everything in his power to prevent. Being a man of decision as well as of good heart, Van Bibber takes her in the taxicab to the home of her father and urges him to receive the child into his house and affections. Remembering his wrongs, the father refuses to welcome her, but when Van Bibber announces that he will adopt the child and she shall become his and fill the place in his life which she should fill in the empty heart of her father, the father hesitates and by that hesitation loses his firmness and gains a daughter, a pleasing climax to a sad story.”—9 Apr 1910 Moving Picture World +

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