Use of added sound makes Abie a different matter. Most of the serious religious material is eliminated and the story treatment greatly lightened. Accompanying score is skillfully done, an accompaniment that holds to the action in its varying moods and introduces a certain humor with its switch from Irish to Jewish themes, military ideas in the
The schoolyard scene has been retained in its old form, except that in the new version the children all recite the pledge to the flag and march into the school house, the camera being trained on Abie for this passage.
The sequence where Abie plays in the entertainment hut for a gang of soldiers is splendidly built up in the love passage for the hero and heroine. Back to America and into the Irish-Jewish love, story proceeds without dialog. Dialog comes in again after the wedding, when both fathers have cast off the two young lovers.
Generally speaking, sound heightens the effect of the picture. Also the footage has been cut 49 minutes and the story moves much faster.