The Woman in the Suitcase (1920)

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The Woman in the Suitcase (1920)

Post by donnie » Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:32 pm

I watched this film on a Grapevine Video dvd and liked it a lot. It was directed by Fred Niblo and stars Enid Bennett and William Conklin—two actors I’d previously been unfamiliar with.

Here is a little on the plot from the dvd cover: Mary worships her father James B. Moreland. When she happens to discover a photograph of a strange woman in his suitcase, she is distraught. Then, after overhearing their phone conversation, she is determined to find the woman and return her wandering father home. However, as a proper young lady, she can’t investigate the Bright Lights district alone, so under a pseudonym she puts out an ad in the paper for an escort about town. Young Billy Fiske, who is eager for adventure, feels he must answer the ad. Together Mary and her unaware gentleman escort begin to track down the woman from the suitcase....

The plot has some interesting turns and the ending, though somewhat unrealistic, is very satisfying. This is what I would imagine to be standard fare of the era—not a great film perhaps, but a good one, and certainly worth an hour of your time.

The runtime is 60 minutes, with an excellent score by David Knudtson. The print quality of the Grapevine is rather dark, but not bad at all.

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Re: The Woman in the Suitcase (1920)

Post by Kitty » Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:52 pm

Neat! I'll have to look for that. I'm constantly surprised at the amount of films from the silent era that exist but I've never heard of. Sure, it's sad that 70% of silent film is lost, but there are still SO MANY available for viewing.
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