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The Devil, in the guise of a human, meets a young couple who remark upon looking at a Renaissance painting of a martyr that Evil could never triumph over Good. The Devil, taking this as a ... See full summary »

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Thomas H. Ince (scenario), Ferenc Molnár (play) | 1 more credit »
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Edward Connelly ... The Devil
Bessie Barriscale ... Isabella Zanden
Arthur Maude ... Harry Lang
Clara Williams ... Elsa
Rhea Mitchell ... Milli
J. Barney Sherry ... Alfred Zanden
Arthur Hollingsworth Arthur Hollingsworth ... Andrews
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The Devil, in the guise of a human, meets a young couple who remark upon looking at a Renaissance painting of a martyr that Evil could never triumph over Good. The Devil, taking this as a challenge, decides to bring about the couple's downfall. Written by UNKNOWN

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USA

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English

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1 April 1915 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Satan's Pawn See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Well Done
20 June 2017 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Morality play which is a far above average movie of its kind. Further, it is a 'thoroughbred', based on a play by Ferenc Molnar and adapted to the screen and directed by Thomas Ince. It is a tour-de-force for Thomas Connelly in the title role and virtually carries the picture; he is in nearly every scene.

He materializes in the parlor of an artist who is in the midst of an affair with his model. The Visitor entices the artist to leave his wife and take up with the model. He then visits the fiancé of the artist and tells her (as a good samaritan) what he has learned about her beau. Then he appears to the model (married to a respectable civic figure) and urges her to leave her husband.

Connelly is an arresting presence, with hair parted in the middle, the ends curled resembling horns. His shenanigans at a party at which the three principals are partygoers is a sheer delight, and is the highlight of the film. At the end of the film, morality rears its spoilsport head and he disappears.

One scene even has a blue-tinted effect as the devil appears to the model in her boudoir after the party. There are only one or two exterior shots, of people getting in and out of a car. This picture is very old but retains an up-to-date freshness and is unique in that it could hold the interest of modern audiences, in particular the work by Thomas Connelly in the title role. Viewed at Mostly Lost Weekend at the Library of Congress, 6/16/17


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