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The Dream (IMP)

January 23, 2011

The Dream was another IMP film starring Mary Pickford and her then husband, Owen Moore of 100 years ago.

The story sounds quite familiar to Their First Misunderstanding — its all about a bad husband who is transformed into a good man one he comes to realize what he’s doing to his virtuous wife. Unlike Their First Misunderstanding, this film is available for viewing on youtube, and has been discussed by at least one other silent film blogger in recent years.

Review of The Dream in The Moving Picture World 8, no. 4 (28 January 1911): 182.

The title and plot of this picture are not new. The theme is the familiar one of a husband who has an honest a charming though unsophisticated young wife. It also contains that well known love-pirate, the female stenographer. The husband falls for the wiles of said stenographer, and they have a wine supper, while the simple wife waits at home beside the empty chair. The husband returns home ‘and does a little house-wrecking by way of expressing his feelings, while the timid wife shrinks away to some other part of the fiat The erring husband falls into a stupor on the sofa, and proceeds to dream. He has the usual erring husband’s dream that his wife is out repeating the same performance that he has just gone through himself. . We are shown the external contortions that always go with such a dream and from these facts we gather that he is having a very horrible dream as he sees his wife in company with a handsome stranger. The dreamer finally finds himself on the floor and wakes up with what appears to be the worst headache you ever saw in your life. But the headache is quickly cured by the appearance of the demure little wife, who has not been out sporting at all. The end is pleasant. He sees the error in his ways, and is duly forgiven, and from all appearances he will never do it again. No doubt this film will have a hard time getting over to certain ladies in every audience who have gone through that same drama themselves several times, only to find that this case is chronic. But as we said before the principal charm of the picture is the young wife. Our feelings, however, were somewhat sentimental when we saw “our Mary” as a wife, arrayed in evening gown, and dining with swells. We felt the same misgiving that a father must feel when he observes his daughter as she stands upon the threshold of womanhood gazing into the new life to come. In other words, we have always considered “Mary” as a child. It has never occurred to us that she might grow and be a woman some day but judging from her delineation of the matron, we have every reason to expect that her past experiences in portraying ingenue roles will be merely an epoch in her advancement and her final success as a leading woman.

*Note* Most of the time, I post what I label ‘synopses’ of these films from the MPW. I call this one a review because it appeared as a special article in the journal.



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