Review: ‘The Christian’

Here is a real picture with a corking story, a great cast and finely produced.

Here is a real picture with a corking story, a great cast and finely produced.

Hall Caine’s novel is a real tale for the screen. It was made about nine or ten years earlier by Vitagraph. Goldwyn secured the American rights.

The cast needs a new adjective to express their work. That goes for everyone, but the performance that stands out as a gem is that by Richard Dix, who, as John Storm, presents a characterization without compare. Next to Dix, Mae Busch is entitled to a full measure. This girl delivers 100% as Glory Quayle, and then some, but at the same time Phyllis Haver as Polly Love, on the strength of the death scene alone, is entitled to all that the critics can give her in praise. A great deal of credit is due, especially Cyril Chadwick as the heavy, and Mahlon Hamilton.

In production, nothing is left undone. The company, at least a part of it, was taken to the Isle of Man, England, and the original scenes as described by the author were utilized for the picturization.

The Christian


Goldwyn. Director Maurice Tourneur; Screenplay Paul Bern; Camera Charles Van Enger


Silent. (B&W) Extract of a review from 1923. Running time: 106 MIN.


Richard Dix Mae Busch Gareth Hughes Phyllis Haver Cyril Chadwick Claude Gillingwater
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