Behind the Scenes (1914)
MARY PICKFORD "BEHIND
IN FIVE PARTS OF MOTION PICTURES
Produced by the FAMOUS PLAYERS FILM Co.
MARY PICKFORD gives a pathetic charm and winsome grace to the dainty little actress who is the heroine of "Behind the Scenes," the charming drama of theatrical life by Margaret Mayo, authoress of the famous farce, "Baby Mine," and the current comedy success, "Twin Beds." As Dolly Lane, Mary Pickford stirs the pulse and grips the heart, and gives one of the best screen performances of her career. Dolly Lane is a poor and pretty little musical comedy soubrette, rehearsing and playing day and night, living in poor lodgings quietly and meagrely, and devoted to her work and stage ambition, which are the dominant factors in her life. One night, in the final scene of the play, she and her comrades throw confetti into the audience, nearly blinding a young man who sits in one of the front rows of the orchestra. Dolly's sincere concern over the accident amply atones for it, and the young man, Steve Hunter, induces his friend, a wealthy young chap, to take him behind the scenes after the performance. There he and Dolly meet, and their romance begins. Though not a devotee of the theatre himself, Steve is not long in falling in love with little Dolly, and one night, after the lights of the theater are dimmed, they ar made man and wife.
One day Steve receives word that an old uncle in the West is dying and that he is to come to him immediately, Steve goes, and Dolly now gives all her heart and energy to her work, succeeding so well that when an accident happens one day at rehearsal to the leading woman. Dolly is given that that exalted osition and told to be ready that night. She hurries home, her heart full with the success so near at hand, to find Steve has returned fro the West, the heir to his dead uncle's great wheat farm. She hears Steve's news, hardly conscious of what it means, and then quickly tells him of her own good fortune; but instead of congratulating her, Steve tells her she will have to abandon her position on the stage and go West with him. After a terrific struggle between ambition and love, Dolly yields, surrrenders her career and leaves all behind her to go West. But she soon wearies of the quiet farm and Steve's seeming neglect of her for his work, and one day, revolging against it all, she returns to the city. There she finds a wealthy man only too ready to back her as a star in a new play. Trying to forget Steve, she throws her whole soul into her ambition, and the new play and star become the sensation of the theatrical season. But success without Steve to share it turns to ashes in her grasp, and when that night the wealthy producer of the play comes to her dressing room, locks the door and demands the price of her triumph, she for the first time realizes the nearness of the abyss and its yawning terrors. As she desperately plays for time she hears Steve's voice. The manager hastily gives up the key, and she admits Steve while the other conceals himself. Steve, however, learns of his presence in the room, pulls him from his hiding place, and, with one glance of scorn at Dolly, leaves without hearing her explanation. Desparing and disillusioned, Dolly resigns from the cast and takes the next train for the West. In the golden harvest fields, on a sunshiny day, she again meets Steve and tells him all, and as his forgiving arms embrace her the tawdry glitter of the tinselled past is forgotten, and the real drama of life unfolds before them.
A FASCINATING PLAY THAT CONTRASTS THE DRAMA OF LIFE WITH THE GLAMOUR OF THE FOOTLIGHTS.
"DON'T EVER GO BACK TO THE STAGE."
THE STAR'S TRIUMPH
LET ME BE YOUR LEADING MAN FOR LIFE.
AFTER MANY CURTAIN CALLS
Cast of Characters
IN THE ROLE OF THE LITTLE ACTRESS, MARY PICKFORD RENDERS ONE OF THE BEST CHARACTERIZATIONS OF HER BRILLIANT CAREER.
with Mary Pickford and James Kirkwood. Directed by James Kirkwood. Famous Players/Paramount.
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