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Peter Milne, in the 27 May 1916 Motion Picture News, praised "the artistic side of the production....The settings have been selected with rare taste and the numerous garden scenes are extremely beautiful. This production effects, together with the many appealing moments of the picture, almost entirely discount the thin character of the plot."
       Child actress Zoe Bech was better known as Zoe Rae. An item in the 4 November 1916 Moving Picture World stated the opinion that she "carried almost the entire first act of Naked Hearts in the Bluebird series."
       The film is based loosely on Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "Maud," published in 1855.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included this film on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of January 2021. ...

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Peter Milne, in the 27 May 1916 Motion Picture News, praised "the artistic side of the production....The settings have been selected with rare taste and the numerous garden scenes are extremely beautiful. This production effects, together with the many appealing moments of the picture, almost entirely discount the thin character of the plot."
       Child actress Zoe Bech was better known as Zoe Rae. An item in the 4 November 1916 Moving Picture World stated the opinion that she "carried almost the entire first act of Naked Hearts in the Bluebird series."
       The film is based loosely on Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "Maud," published in 1855.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included this film on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of January 2021.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
6 May 1916
p. 2718
Motion Picture News
20 May 1916
p. 3080
Motion Picture News
27 May 1916
p. 3263
Motography
3 Jun 1916
p. 1294
Motography
17 Jun 1916
p.1407
Moving Picture World
6 May 1916
p. 962
Moving Picture World
13 May 1916
p. 1185
Moving Picture World
27 May 1916
p. 1532, 1533
Moving Picture World
3 Jun 1916
p. 1766
Moving Picture World
4 Nov 1916
p. 720
New York Clipper
3 Jun 1916
p. 38
NYDM
8 Jan 1916
p. 306
Variety
19 May 1916
p. 20
Wid's
18 May 1916
p. 580
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 May 1916
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Bluebird Photoplays, Inc.
2 May 1916
LP8205
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,000
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Maud and Cecil have been in love since they were children in the pre-Civil War South, but Howard, Maud's domineering brother, disapproves of a marriage between them. Instead, he has chosen English nobleman Lord Lovelace as Maud's ideal fiancé. On the night that the engagement is to be announced, however, she elopes with Cecil. The runaways are caught, however, and Howard challenges Cecil to a duel. Cecil wounds Howard, and because of her loyalty to her brother, Maud reluctantly sends Cecil away. He goes to a large city and becomes a songwriter, whose song, "Come Into the Garden," becomes popular. When the Civil War begins, Howard, Lovelace, and Cecil all volunteer, and eventually meet on the battlefield. When Lovelace is mortally wounded, he tells Cecil with his last breath that Maud is waiting for him. Back home, all three men are soon reported killed in action. Heartbroken, Maud decides to become a nun, and takes her vows just moments before Cecil, whose death was mistakenly reported, returns from the battlefield and comes to the convent to ask her to marry him. Thwarted in physical love, Cecil lives the rest of his life in sorrow, going to the convent walls each day to serenade Maud with his famous ...

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Maud and Cecil have been in love since they were children in the pre-Civil War South, but Howard, Maud's domineering brother, disapproves of a marriage between them. Instead, he has chosen English nobleman Lord Lovelace as Maud's ideal fiancé. On the night that the engagement is to be announced, however, she elopes with Cecil. The runaways are caught, however, and Howard challenges Cecil to a duel. Cecil wounds Howard, and because of her loyalty to her brother, Maud reluctantly sends Cecil away. He goes to a large city and becomes a songwriter, whose song, "Come Into the Garden," becomes popular. When the Civil War begins, Howard, Lovelace, and Cecil all volunteer, and eventually meet on the battlefield. When Lovelace is mortally wounded, he tells Cecil with his last breath that Maud is waiting for him. Back home, all three men are soon reported killed in action. Heartbroken, Maud decides to become a nun, and takes her vows just moments before Cecil, whose death was mistakenly reported, returns from the battlefield and comes to the convent to ask her to marry him. Thwarted in physical love, Cecil lives the rest of his life in sorrow, going to the convent walls each day to serenade Maud with his famous song.

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