The Italian (1915)

Stars: George Beban, J. Frank Burke, Fanny Midgley
Director: Reginald Barker
Runtime: 72 Minutes
Language: English subtitles - Orchestra music score
Color:  Black and White
Format:  DVD-R
Extras: The Egyptian Mummy (1915)
Rating: NR

Price: $14.95


Produced by Thomas H. Ince

Directed by Reginald Barker

Story by Thomas H. Ince and C. Gardner Sullivan

George Beban ... Beppo Donnetti
J. Frank Burke ... Trudo Ancello
Fanny Midgley
Leo Willis
Clara Williams ... Annette Ancello

An immigrant leaves his sweetheart in Italy to find a better life across the sea in the grimy slums of New York. He finally earns the money to be reunited with his love and they marry. But life in New York is hard and tragedy strikes with the death of his infant son after he is wrongfully jailed and unable to provide. An astonishingly accomplished film for its time. Stunningly shot with lighting effects that are truly sublime, this is an early gem that clearly reveals Reginald Barker to be a pioneer director of equal standing to D. W. Griffith and Maurice Tourneur. 72 minutes.

Included short

"THE EGYPTIAN MUMMY" (1915) Billy Quirk

12 minutes