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The House of Glass (1918)

The House of Glass (1918) C.K.Y. Film Corp. Distributor: Select Pictures Corp.; A Select Star Picture. Director: Emile Chautard. Scenario: Charles E. Whittaker. Camera: Jacques Bizeul. Cast: Clara Kimball Young, Pell Trenton, Corliss Giles, Edward Kimball, James T. Laffey, Josie Sadler, Norman Selby William Waltman, Peggy Burke, Doris Field. 5 reels. This film is apparently LOST

Review from Variety
Reviews from Moving Picture World

Review from Variety, March 1, 1918

The House of Glass

Clara Kimball Young will achieve and add another success to her string of triumphs of the screen in the production of "The House of Glass," the latest Young release of the Select. It is an adaptation of the play of the same title by Max Marcin, the screen version having been made by Charles E. Whittaker. Emile Chautard directed the production and Jacques Bizuel is responsible for the camera work. The later is to be credited with having secured several corking "shots" in this picture. The story of the play has been adhered to rather closely and other than the fact that there was a slight bit of miscasting in the matter of the men supporting the star the production is a corker from whatever standpoint one takes it. Pell Trenton and Corliss Giles could have received roles to advantage. Miss Young is at all times impressing and convincing in the role of the innocent victim of police and circumstantial evidence. The supporting cast has several good individual touches, namely, Josie Sadler as the landlady and Norman Selby (Kid McCoy) as the detective. "The House of Glass" is a combination of star and picture that will get money. The story is there at all times and the interest is sustained from the start to finish. It is one of the best of the Select productions in almost two months.


Reviews from Moving Picture World

March 16, 1918

Careful Plotmaking and Artistic Direction and Acting Mark Select Picture.
Reviewed by Hanford C. Judson

The recent Select picture, "The House of Glass," in which Clara Kimball Young has the central role, rejoices in an ably constructed plot, and with the playing of the leading woman and her company, under the direction of Emile Chautard. It is a particularly acceptable melodrama. Written for the screen by Charles E. Whittaker from Max Marcin's play, the care with which the heroine has been protected--while we watch the action at least--from weaknesses and foolish acts that lesson the average, normal spectator's sympathy for many a heroine, pleasantly distinguishes it from much melodramatic production of the day on both stage and screen. It tells a simple honest story that is clear and understandable. The heroine's emotions and her fate become things that deeply concern the spectator.

The villain of the plot is the relentless police system. The girl is entirely innocent. She had fallen in love with a man whom she thinks is a chauffeur. He is a thief. He tells her he has fallen heir to much money and presents her with gems. The police track him to her room and she is also arrested as an accomplice and sent to prison. They let her out on parole. Her innocence and this half-freedom make her despair and she jumps her parole and goes the West, where she falls in love with a real man and marries him. She is seemingly all right so long as she doesn't return to New York. Her husband gets an appointment as general manager of the greatest railroad in the country and she has to go to the metropolis with him. She fears the daylight and the streets and suffers greatly. In the fifth reel the secret service man finds her. She decides bravely to face the music and forbids her husband to sacrifice his principals to help her. A way is found out, of course. It is a well written, artistically acted, ably staged and beautifully photographed picture.

February 9, 1918

Clara Kimball Young and Her Own Company Present a Screen Version of Max Marcin's First and Greatest Stage Success


Margaret Case Clara Kimball Young
James Burke Pell Trenton
Harvey Lake Corliss Giles
Lawyer McClellan Edward Kimball
Director Atwood James T. Laffey
Landlady Josie Sadler
Directed by Emile Chautard.

The Story: Margaret Case seeks to live down the error of the past, and in marriage she finds happiness and security until her ancient enemy crosses her path, and she realizes that life is like a house of glass in which there is neither security nor seclusion.

For the Program: A play that swept from coast to coast.
Clara Kimball Young in one of the great stage successes of recent years.

Advertising Phrases: The house of glass is guilt on shifting sands.
She sought to hide in a house of glass.

Feature These Players: Clara Kimball Young as Margaret Case.
Corliss Giles, Pell Trenton, Edward Kimball, and Josie Sadler, all of whom have been starred or featured in other plays.

Stunt Suggestions: With some second-hand window sashes you can build a house of glass in the lobby, displaying a window card with the playing date inside, or using a cut-out. If you have a cracked frame glass use it to cover a one sheet, adding to the damage if it is not already broken badly enough. Offer a ten-admissions ticket for the most ingeniously built house of glass built by a boy under sixteen, and display the entries in some local store window.

Advertising Aids: Two styles each one and three-sheets. One each six and 24 sheets. Half-sheet window card. Die-cut heralds. Lobby displays 8X10,11x14, and three 22/28, including one of star. One, two and three-column scene cuts. One-half, one and two-column cuts of star. Press book.
Released in February.

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