The Sphinx Motion Picture Company needed an actor, and needed him very badly. For some time the Sphinx Company had devoted itself to the so-called "Western" picture. The fifteen hard-riding... See full summary »


C.J. Williams


Charles E. van Loan (story)




Cast overview:
Herbert Prior ... The Hon. Reginald Clifford Devenham
Mabel Trunnelle ... The Leading Lady
Bigelow Cooper ... Film Director Montague Cooper
Gertrude McCoy ... Alice Burwell - the Girl Back Home
Margery Bonney Erskine Margery Bonney Erskine ... Alice's Mother (as Mrs. Wallace Erskine)
Frank A. Lyons ... Alice's Father (as Frank A. Lyon)
Jessie Stevens ... The Landlady


The Sphinx Motion Picture Company needed an actor, and needed him very badly. For some time the Sphinx Company had devoted itself to the so-called "Western" picture. The fifteen hard-riding cowboys who composed their staff served admirably for this purpose. Most Sphinx pictures consisted of a series of views of the above-mentioned cowboys galloping at full tilt after one of their number who was variously cast as a horse thief, a train robber, or a murderer. Suddenly the Sphinx management decided that the public wanted a "polo" picture. The stage directors were in despair. Their men could ride well enough to be sure, but even the widest stretch of imagination on the part of a long suffering public would hardly be sufficient to make them look English. They must have a typical Englishman to play the leading role. So hoping against hope, they put an advertisement in all the papers of the Western city in which they were located. The Honorable Reginald Devenham read this peculiar ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Herbert Prior makes a distinct hit
20 January 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Herbert Prior, in the role of a monocled polo-playing Englishman, makes a distinct hit in this two part comedy, by Charles E. Van Loan, who was perhaps the first important writer to use as a background for his stories the studio and the camera. The Honorable Reginald Devenham is visiting in the West and is temporarily embarrassed. He accepts a position as a polo player for a few days in a picture company. The last scene is taken first, as sometimes happens. Devenham. the hero, is told he must kiss the heroine. Now il seems that back in England there is a little girl who will take serious exceptions to this action, and Devenham thinks of her. It is only after considerable urging that he rehearses the part to the satisfaction of Director Cooper, who had shown him how, and incidentally of himself. There is a hearty laugh in the house when the hero says in an aside, as the screen tells us: "Just fancy, they pay me five dollars a day for doing this!" Mabel Trunnelle is charming as the leading woman who looks, with serious eyes, on the new player. C. Jay Williams is the producer. The picture makes good entertainment. - The Moving Picture World, December 6, 1913

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21 November 1913 (USA) See more »

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